Gymnanthes lucida

crabwood, oysterwood


wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-25 (30) ft    Width: taller than broad
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      red,green,NA
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      green,brown,NA
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Small tree with shiny foliage. New leaves are reddish. Columnar growth form. Suited to planting near structures and a good background plant for urban yards. Slow to moderate growth rate.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Calcareous


wildlife plant  
Native Habitats: Hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Wood has been used for tool handles, fence posts, and similar uses. Said to be a remedy for minor ailments such as stomachache, toothache and diarrhea.