Amyris elemifera

torchwood, sea torchwood


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 15-20 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      purple,black
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy fruits, aroma, fragrance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Noted for its 3-parted glossy leaves. Could be used as as a specimen plant, screen, or possibly a hedge.
Propagation: Seed or separation of root suckers.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Larval host plant for Bahamian swallowtail (Heraclides andraemon), giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) and Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus) butterflies. The fruit is eaten by birds and small mammals. Also used for cover or nesting by birds.
Native Habitats: Coastal uplands

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments: