Pithecellobium unguis-cati

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

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Cat's-claw, Catclaw Blackbead

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Also known as Pithecellobium guadalupense

Plant Specifics

Size:10-15 (25) ft tall by 10-15 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red,black
Habitats:Dry coastal hammocks and shell mounds.

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Specimen shrub.  Thorniness makes it a good property edge hedge.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very 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:Lime rock, Sand

Wildlife

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Birds eat the fruits (and the red&black arils).

Larval host  for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius theonus), large orange sulphur (Phoebis agarithe), and Miami blue (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri) butterflies. 

Nectar plant for cassius blue, Florida duskywing (Ephyriades brunneus), Florida white (Appias drusilla), giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes), great southern white (Ascia monuste), hammock skipper (Polygonus leo), large orange sulphur, mangrove skipper (Phocides pigmalion), Miami blue, Palatka skipper (Euphyes pilatka), southern broken-dash (Wallengrenia otho), three-spotted skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus), twin-spot skipper (Oligorio maculata) and other butterflies.