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PlantFiles: Titi, Leatherwood, Swamp Cyrilla
Cyrilla racemiflora

Family: Cyrillaceae
Genus: Cyrilla (sir-RIL-uh) (Info)
Species: racemiflora (ray-see-mih-FLOR-uh) (Info)

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive escambiaguy On Dec 24, 2006, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a shrub/small tree that is native to the southeastern coastal plains. They are semi-evergreen, in the winter a heavy frost will bring out some good color. When they are in bloom in the spring the flowers look similar to Sourwood. This plant usually grows in moist to wet areas, but sometimes they can be spotted on a drier site.

Neutral xyris On Feb 22, 2005, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Cyrilla flowers in summer (and is not as showy as Cliftonia monophylla, which goes by the similar common name "Black Titi")


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

Atmore, Alabama
Saraland, Alabama
Keystone Heights, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Decatur, Georgia
Vacherie, Louisiana
Picayune, Mississippi
Sugar Land, Texas

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