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PlantFiles: Lettuce Tree
Pisonia alba

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pisonia (py-SO-nee-a) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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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:
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Chamma On Apr 2, 2003, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

The lettuce tree can be grown as a large shrub. The leaves have medicinal properties. They are used to treat rheumatisma and arthritis in India. The leaves when eaten are used to expel flatulance. The leaves when coated with eau de cologne and are used as compresses on large swellings.
The lettuce tree comes from the Beach forests of Andaman Islands. It thrives in sandy soil and when planted in bright sunlight, the leaves acquire a light yellow colour.

Pissonia Alba can be grown in pots and it also makes a good hedge when planted closely together. It looks great planted along side the russet coloured acalypha wilkesiana. :)

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