Litsea aestivalis

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Plant Specifics

Size:15 (30) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Greenish yellow
Fruit Color:Red
Habitats:Near the edges of forested wetlands and some seasonal ponds wtih open centers.


Recommended Uses:Wetland areas where the goal is to attract birds.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Organic material (muck), Sand



Fruits eaten by birds and mammals.

Attracts flies and small bees. 

A likely host for the spicebush swallowtail butterfly.