Mayten, Gutta-percha, Sweet Mangrove
Maytenus phyllanthoides

Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Maytenus (MY-ten-us) (Info)
Species: phyllanthoides (fil-lan-THOY-deez) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Rubbery-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 3, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

Thick, flat, alternate, leathery , oblong or elliptical leaves leaves with notched or slightly undulate margins. Sping summer blooms , fruit green turning red. 2-4 seed per capsule. Shrub or small tree to 18. Found in South Fl. and the Keys.