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PlantFiles: Horse-Sugar
Symplocos tinctoria

Family: Symplocaceae
Genus: Symplocos (simp-LOK-os) (Info)
Species: tinctoria (tink-TOR-ee-uh) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
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
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Plantnutoo On Jan 18, 2013, Plantnutoo from Manteo, NC wrote:

Symplocos tinctoria is native toDare county North Carolina It is an attractive shrub to small tree, It multiplys by sprouts from the roots..It is pretty enough to entice me into attempting to propagate shoots.I had no luck.I tried cuttings of somewhat mature new growth.No luck. I notice It is not very common in the trade.
It is pretty. It can be difficult but not bad enough to rate a negative If I could grow it ,I am sure I would change the rating to Positive


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

Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Manteo, North Carolina
Pickens, South Carolina
Walkerton, Virginia

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