Looking-glass Mangrove, Sundarban Mangrove
Heritiera littoralis

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heritiera (her-ee-tee-ER-a) (Info)
Species: littoralis (lit-tor-AY-liss) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Green

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Veined

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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 woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 2, 2015, janelp_lee from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

It is common large tree in tropical climate. Where I saw in south of Taiwan, it is an interesting tree to take pictures with. Its roots go vertical looks like short walls. Tourists love it!

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On Jan 13, 2010, IRFAN_LODHI from faisalabad
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Looking Glass Mangrove grows along the seashore in India, SE Asia and Tropical Africa. It is found in abundance in Sundarban, which probably got its name from this tree, locally known as Sundari.
The tip is pointed or blunt, the base is usually rounded, the upper surface smooth and shining, and the lower surface densely covered with small, round, pale or silvery-white scales. The flowers are numerous, yellowish-green, bell-shaped, about 5 mm long, usually 5-toothed and borne on hairy panicles 7-15 cm long. The fruit is hard and shining, woody, smooth, broadly boat-shaped, 4-8 cm long, and keeled.
The hard and strong timber is valued for masts, when it can be got straight enough. It is also used for canoes, firewood, house posts, joists, pressers, telegraph poles, wheel-hubs ... read more