Sideroxylon salicifolium

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

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Willow-bustic, White Bully


Also known as Dipholis salicifolia, Bumelia salicifolia

Plant Specifics

Size:20-30 (50) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms in spring. Life span around 100 yrs. (Nelson 2003).
Habitats:Pine rockland, hammocks.


Recommended Uses:Its small to medium size make it appropriate for small landscapes as a specimen tree.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock



Fruits eaten by birds and other wildlife.

Nectar plant for Florida duskywing (Ephyriades brunneus), red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) and other butterflies.

Larval food for various caterpillars.

Attracts bees and flies