Christmas Bush
Comocladia dodonaeae

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

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

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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:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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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.