Guaiacum sanctum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9B 

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Plant Specifics

Size:8-15 (25) ft 
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Purple
Fruit Color:Orange
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms mostly in spring.
Habitats:Rockland hammock.


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long 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).
Soil/Substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock



 Catbirds and mockingbirds eat the seeds. (IRC)

Larval host plant for lyside sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) butterflies. (IRC and Hammer)

Attracts bees and butterflies.