Citharexylum spinosum



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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 15 - 25 feet    Width: to 12 feet
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, aroma, fragrance, hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses: Wonderful in a mixed hedge, can be sheared to desired height, but the flowers and berries are too good to be missed. Excellent specimen plant. This plant is naturally multi-stemmed; to form a tree, the stems must be continually reduced to one until a trunk is formed.
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers, Friends
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


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Flowers attract wide variety of pollinators and the larval host for epicorsia moth (Epicorsia oedipodalis). Berries eaten by many species of wildlife.
Native Habitats: Dry sites. Pinelands, maritime and sub-tropical or tropical hammocks

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


The strong and heavy wood of this plant are also the source of its name - it has long been used for musical instruments, including violins, guitars and others.

Other Comments:

The shiny green leaves, gently fragrant flowers and glossy berries make this a charming plant. Can occasionally be subject to defoliation by the moth larvae, but these are an excellent food source for birds and their nestlings, and the fiddlewood regenerates quickly.