Rhizophora mangle

red mangrove


wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 20-50 (70) ft    Width: 15-40 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      green,brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Very good for coastal stabilization. Can act as a specimen plant in coastal areas. This tree is noted for its prop roots.
Propagation: Seeds sprout on the plant and drop as a propagule into the water. Sprouted seed can be collected and moved to desired location.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, lime rock


wildlife plant  
Mangroves provide good cover and habitat for many birds, fish and other animals.
Native Habitats: Wet sites. Mangrove swamps. Shallow waters of coastal areas, edges of lagoons.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Salt water is not required. This species is cold sensitive near the northern ends of its range and may die back during extreme freezes. Mangroves are protected and you may not trim or remove them. See this Florida DEP web page for the latest information: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/central/Home/SLERP/Mangroves/mangroves.htm