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Cliftonia monophylla (Lam.) Britt. ex Sarg.
Buckwheat tree, Buckwheat bush
USDA Symbol: CLMO2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A thicket-forming shrub or small tree to 12-18 ft. with attractive, dark, shiny, thick leaves and white to pinkish, terminal or axillary, fragrant flower clusters. Conspicuous anthers are orange-colored. Fruits are yellowish and buckwheat-like.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , SC Native Distribution:
Coastal plain from GA to FL & LA Native Habitat:
Acid swamps, bogs & wet ditches USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet, acid peaty or sandy soil.
Conditions Comments: Does not tolerate competition from other trees or shrubs. No serious disease or insect problems.
PropagationDescription: Increase by cuttings taken in mid-summer.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MS
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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff