Anacua, Sandpaper Tree, Knockaway, Sugarberry Knockaway
Ehretia anacua

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Ehretia (eh-RET-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: anacua (a-NAHK-wa) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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 seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

Mililani, Hawaii

Pukalani, Hawaii

Alice, Texas

Austin, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Harlingen, Texas

Ingleside, Texas

Medina, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Uvalde, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 22, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this tree. Anacua is an endemic Texas plant and is found in central (as far north as Austin) and south Texas.

Positive

On Feb 17, 2005, BROforest from Brownsville, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

Anacua grows here in xeric conditions and alkaline soils of clay to loam and even sand. Most vacant city woodlots in Brownsville have a mixture of Anacua , Texas Ebony ,Ash,Mesquite,Huisache, and Hackberry. Anacua trees are kept for their dense canopy, thus good shade value. The berries(yellow to red when ripe) are favored by many birds and butterflys, and Chachalacas seem to like them quite well. This is a very good South Texas native and should be encouraged to grow whenever possible. The white flowers are short-lived and not very easy to find in bloom.