Schaefferia frutescens

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

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Yellowwood, Florida Boxood


Plant Specifics

Size:15-25 (36) ft tall by 10-15 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,green
Fruit Color:Yellow,red
Phenology:Evergreen. Flowers and fruits all year.
Habitats:Tropical rockland hammock (borders), coastal berm.


Recommended Uses:Understory tree. Can be trimmed to keep sized as a shrub. Accent shrub or can be trained as a hedge.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long 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:Clay, Lime rock, Sand



Birds eat the fruit.

Insect pollinated.