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Black Mangrove

Avicennia germinans

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Avicennia (av-ih-SEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: germinans (JER-min-ans) (Info)
Synonym:Avicennia africana
Synonym:Avicennia elliptica
Synonym:Avicennia floridana
Synonym:Avicennia lamarckiana
Synonym:Avicennia meyeri


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Blooms all year





Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Beverly Hills, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Cape Canaveral, Florida

Islamorada, Florida

Grand Isle, Louisiana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 12, 2015, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

From everything I've read, this is the only mangrove species that grows in Louisiana. Based on my observations today, there must be untold millions of these plants growing on Grand Idle, LA (which is only 6 square miles in area), and in its surrounding towns. And their numbers seem to have increased since I was last down here in 2010, which is a great sign. I say that because the Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened in April 2010. Seeing them in bloom today was quite a soul-stirring sight. I couldn't detect any fragrance from the blooms. I expected the branches to be rigid, but they are actually quite bendable and dare I say rubbery, which surely helps them avoid wind damage in this hurricane-prone area of the world. This mangrove doesn't seem to grow on the main beach that faces so... read more


On Jan 3, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Black Mangrove Avicennia germinans is native to Texas and other States.


On Nov 2, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This species is the most cold-tolerant of the three mangrove species found on Florida's coasts and can grow as far north as Flagler County (just south of Jacksonville Beach) on the east coast of Florida and occasionally as far north as Pensacola on Florida's gulf coast. However, the species is rarely found that far north and is much more common in it's main distribution in Florida, from Cedar Keys and St. Augustine southward through the Keys. This species is slightly less salt-tolerant than the Red Mangrove or Rhizophora mangle (see my comment on it) and usually grows farther inland than it, but not as far inland as the White Mangrove and Buttonwood. This species differs from the Red Mangrove by lacking the other specie's familiar prop roots and by having smaller leaves than R. mangle. Ins... read more


On Aug 22, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

These are the hardiest genus of mangroves. In the late 60's someone planted its relative Avicennia Marina in Mission Bay San Diego, and it began to take over. It owuld be an excellent pond plant though since mangroves are adapted to fresh and salt water, although their natural way of distribution usually only allows them to be in saltwater. I will try some of these in San Francisco as well. They naturally occur all the way up to Louisiana.


On Sep 25, 2003, amorning1 from Islamorada, FL wrote:

Endangered, Don't get caught "harvesting" seeds.


On Oct 11, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

The Black Mangrove grows throughout tropical America, as well as subtropical areas where other mangroves will not grow. This is because the Black Mangrove is capable of withstanding freezing temperatures for up to 12 hours. During high tide, these plants may be partially submerged. The thing that sets Black Mangroves apart from other mangroves is the long heavy roots which grow extensions (pneumatophores) that aid in gas exchange and coincidentally trap silt to extend the shoreline. Seeds mature and germinate on the tree and then fall to the mud.