Bucida buceras L.
Gregorywood, Florida , Oxhorn Bucida
Combretaceae (West Indies-Almond Family)
USDA Symbol: BUBU
Black olive is a 40 to 50-foot-tall evergreen tree with a smooth trunk holding up strong, wind-resistant branches, forming a pyramidal shape when young but developing a very dense, full, oval to rounded crown with age. Sometimes the top of the crown will flatten with age, and the tree grows horizontally. The dark bluish-green, leathery leaves are two to four inches long and clustered at branch tips mixed with the 0.5 to 1.5-inch-long spines found along the branches.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate , Whorled
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate , Obovate
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Size Notes: 40 to 50 feet tall, 35 to 50 feet wide.
Size Class: 36-72 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Native Distribution: Claimed to be native to the upper Florida Keys, but that is disputed.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Rich, moist, well-drained soil.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Bucida buceras in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bucida buceras in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-22