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Forestiera segregata (Florida swampprivet)
Cressler, Alan

Forestiera segregata

Forestiera segregata (Jacq.) Krug & Urb.

Florida Swampprivet, Florida Privet

Oleaceae (Olive Family)


USDA Symbol: fose

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)

Evergreen shrub or small tree with 1 or more short, much-branched trunks, forming dense, irregular crowns and thickets.

This species extends throughout the Caribbean to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, where it is called "Ink-bush."


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Breeding System: Dioecious
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 12 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar


Native Distribution: Along and near coasts of SE. Georgia south to Florida Keys and north to W. Florida; near sea level; also Bermuda and West Indies.
Native Habitat: Moist soil, including sand dunes, hammocks, and understory of pine forests.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Research Literature

Reslit 1533 - Container and field evaluation of three native shrubs grown in compost-based media (2006) S. B. Wilson, L. K. Mecca, H. E. Danielson, D. A. ...

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

USDA: Find Forestiera segregata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Forestiera segregata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Forestiera segregata


Record Modified: 2023-04-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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