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PlantFiles: Tallow Wood, Hog Plum, Small Sourplum
Ximenia americana

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Family: Olacaceae
Genus: Ximenia (hem-MAY-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)

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Category:
Shrubs
Trees
Parasites and Hemiparasites

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
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
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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

Foliage:
Evergreen
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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 semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive MotherNature4 On Nov 13, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This small, shrubby tree is native, and found in hammocks and scrubs in central and south Florida. The flowers have 4 hairy white petals and are followed by yellow drupes that are quite tasty.

It has been found to have semiparasitic roots, but it does not need a host to thrive.

Regional...

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

Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Campbell, Florida
Melrose Park, Florida
St Petersburg, Florida
Wimauma, Florida



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