Pithecellobium unguis-cati

cat's-claw, catclaw blackbead

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-15 (25) ft    Width: 10-15 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      red,black
Noted for: Showy flowers, thorns


Recommended Uses: Specimen shrub.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Calcareous


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Larval host plant for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius) and large orange sulphur (Phoebis agarithe) butterflies. Nectar plant for cassius blue butterflies.
Native Habitats: Dry coastal hammocks and shell mounds.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: