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PlantFiles: Christmas Bush
Comocladia dodonaeae

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Family: Anacardiaceae (an-a-kard-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Comocladia
Species: dodonaeae

Category:
Shrubs
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
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:
Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Purple

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Profile:

No positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Negative MotherNature4 On Nov 30, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

A native of the West Indies, this plant is sometimes sold as an ornamental. The dark green foliage is deeply toothed and the teeth have spiny tips.

The bright red to orange fruit is an oval drupe. It does make one think of Christmas holly, but......

WARNING!
This plant can cause dermatitis similar to poison ivy. Even dead leaves can cause an outbreak. The sap has properties similar to poison oak and poison sumac.



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