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Pinckneya bracteata (Bartr.) Raf.
Fevertree, Pinckneya, Feverbark, Poinsettia tree, Georgia bark
Synonyms: Pinckneya pubens
USDA Symbol: PIBR6
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Fevertree or pinckneya is a large, open shrub or small tree, growing 10-30 ft. high. Large, coarse, rich-green leaves are concentrated at branch ends. Flowers are yellowish-green and tubular with five, reflexed lobes. The showy part of the floral display, however, is the white, pink or rose sepals that become petal-like and reminiscent of poinsettias. Rich-green foliage.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
FL , GA , SC Native Distribution:
SC to FL Native Habitat:
Low woods; margins of sloughs, swamps & streams USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Description:
Loose, moist, fertile soil. Conditions Comments:
Like many other wetland plants, pinckneya grows in wet areas not because it reqires such conditions but because wet soil minimizes competition from upland plants. Under cultivation, this tree
responds well to fertile, well-drained soil, where it suckers less and grows more slowly. Short-lived and pest free. Not cold-hardy. Flowers remain effective for several weeks.
Propagate by fall-sown seeds or cuttings from young plants. Seed Collection:
is brown with obvious white scales and splits across the apex. Gather after the seeds have fallen and allow to dry until they begin to split. Seed Treatment:
Seeds require no pretreatment. Commercially Avail:
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:
Georgia Native Plant Society
- Atlanta, GA
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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff