West Indies Mahogany
Swietenia mahagoni

Family: Meliaceae (me-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Swietenia (swee-TEEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: mahagoni (mah-HAH-go-nye) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Grenoble,

Coto De Caza, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Miami, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

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positives
1
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Neutral

On Aug 6, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

This tree is a heavy self seeder. It is beginning to invade pine rockland habitat on Big Pine Key.

Positive

On Oct 26, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Listed as endangered by the state of Florida, the West Indian Mahogany is native to South Florida and the Keys, including Everglades National Park. It is a great tree for a backyard or as a street tree and is very common in my area. The fruit is very unusual and oval, hard, and brown. Superb for zones 10a southward, but wrong choice any further north!

MORE FACTS - Great shade tree that is useful for wildlife. This medium to large tree is also native to the West Indies, hence the common name, West Indian Mahogany.

Positive

On Jul 28, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The alternate, compound leaves with no apical leaflet make this tree difficult to confuse with any other in south Florida.
The intesting fruits are large, woody and egg shaped containing many winged seeds. They are held upright on the stems.
It is commonly planted as a graceful street tree.