Forestiera segregata

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Florida Privet, Florida Swampprivet


Plant Specifics

Size:5-15 ft tall by 5-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,green
Fruit Color:Blue,purple,black
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in early spring. Fruits ripen late spring. Moderate live span (Nelson 2003).
Habitats:Dry sites. Coastal hammocks, coastal scrub, thickets.


Recommended Uses:Hedges, screens.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).



 Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit and use the privet for cover.  Especially important for songbirds because the fruits mature before most other fleshy fruits ripen.

Pollinated by bees.