Tallow Wood, Hog Plum, Small Sourplum
Ximenia americana

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

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

Regional

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

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Wimauma, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

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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.