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

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

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

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:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

This plant does very well in the Sarasota/Bradenton

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

Very hard wood. Over planted in South Florida

Positive bamabob58 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 dougbug 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 Florida. Leaf damage reported at 25 degrees F.


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

Canoga Park, California
Lake Forest, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, 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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