Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 25-35 ft Width: 20-25 ft
Flower Color: white
Fruit Color: red
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, thorns, fall color
Recommended Uses: Specimen plant, screen, or can be pruned into a hedge. Fall color is orange-red and moderately showy in regions with adequate cold.
Considerations: Has thorns.
Propagation: Seed. Unlikely to breed true. Does best in moist, fertile soil.
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Adaptable
Attracts pollinators, especially important for native bees. Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit. Larval food for hummingbird clearwing moth(Hemaris thysbe), striped hairstreak butterfly(Satyrium liparops), and blinded sphinx moth (Paonias excaecata).
Native Habitats: Floodplain forests and swamps.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in: