Simarouba glauca

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9B 

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Paradise Tree, Bitterwood


Plant Specifics

Size:30-50 ft tall by up to 30 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Fruit Color:Purple
Phenology:Evergreen. Inconspicuous blooms in spring. Fruits ripen in summer.
Habitats:Coastal hammocks extending up the coast to mid-peninsula in coastal hammocks.


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Short 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, Loam, Sand



Fruits eaten and dispersed by birds

Pollinated by bees