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PlantFiles: Anacua, Sandpaper Tree, Knockaway, Sugarberry Knockaway
Ehretia anacua

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

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive htop 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 BROforest 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.


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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