Black Olive Tree, Oxhorn Bucida, Bucida
Bucida buceras 'Shady Lady'

Family: Combretaceae
Genus: Bucida
Species: buceras
Cultivar: Shady Lady

Category:

Perennials

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Chartreuse/Yellow

Bronze-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Leathery-Textured

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Canoga Park, California

Lake Forest, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Islamorada, Florida

Key Largo, Florida

Key West, Florida (2 reports)

Longboat Key, Florida

Marathon, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

Naples, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Sugarloaf Shores, Florida

Summerland Key, Florida

Tavernier, Florida

Venice, Florida

Christiansted, Virgin Islands

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 26, 2013, gardenbysarasota from North Sarasota, FL wrote:

This plant does very well in the Sarasota/Bradenton
area.

Neutral

On Aug 12, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

Very hard wood. Over planted in South Florida

Positive

On Aug 3, 2011, bamabob58 from Venice, FL wrote:

Dougbug, what a great review! I've seen several in the Venice, FL area and they are beautiful. Initially mistook them for VERY pretty oaks. I talked with the people who own them and was told they do great here with very little problem with staining/roots. I'm getting ready to plant a little one myself. Wish me luck!

Positive

On Jun 4, 2008, dougbug from Naples, FL wrote:

The common name, oxhorn bucida, refers to a flower gall which resembles a green bean and is caused by eriophyid mites on the species, rarely on the 'Shady Lady' cv. Staining is sometimes cited as a reason not to use this plant near sidewalks, etc. The staining is NOT caused by the leaves nor the fruit, which is not juicy, but rather a single dry nutlet crowned with a persistent calyx (some call it a coriaceous drupe). The staining is caused by caterpillar frass. The black olive caterpillar or "bungee" caterpillar rapels around and gets in people's faces. Not a problem every year, maybe every 5 to 7 years it occurs in large numbers. The caterpillar feeds on the flowers, leaves and the galls! The 'Shady Lady' is a fine textured tree with a constrained growth habit. A nice choice in south ... read more