Ximenia americana

tallowwood, hog-plum


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-20 (25) ft    Width: 10-20 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      yellow
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, thorns


Recommended Uses: Hedge plant, wildlife plant. Large shrub which can be trained as a tree in the right conditions. Crown is narrow and irregular and the trunks and branches are crooked or twisting.
Considerations: Has thorns.
Propagation: Seed
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, lime rock, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: adaptable


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Birds and other wildlife will eat the fruit.
Native Habitats: Scrub, xeric hammocks, swamps.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Edible fruits. Fruit has also been used to make soap and cosmetics.

Other Comments:

May be semi-parasitic on the roots of other plants which makes it challenging to grow. Best planted near a potential host such as an oak. May die back in winter in northern parts of its range,