Damburneya coriacea

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9B 

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Also known as Ocotea coriacea, Nectandra coriaceae

Plant Specifics

Size:20-30 ft tall by 10-20 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Blue,black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms in spring. Fruits summer-fall.
Habitats:Tropical hammocks. This is naturally an understory tree and also as a colonizer of disturbed sites.


Recommended Uses:This small tree has an elegant appearance that makes it suited to use as a specimen plant. The glossy evergreen foliage makes this small tree also make it effective as a screen or barrier plant.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil/Substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand



Wildlife food plant.

Insect pollinated.

Said to be a good honey plant (Haehle and  Brookwell 1999).