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Bumelia - (Michx.)Pers.

Common Name Chittamwood
Family Sapotaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats On sandy beaches and in sandy woods, preferring water courses and washes[43, 82, 181].
Range South-eastern N. America - Florida to Texas and Mexico.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Bumelia Chittamwood


Bumelia Chittamwood

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Bumelia is a deciduous Tree growing to 15 m (49ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Habitats

Edible Uses

Fruit - usually pickled[161, 177]. Not very tasty according to one report[61] whilst another says that large quantities can cause stomach upsets[149]. The fruit is between 1 - 2cm in diameter[200]. A clear viscid gum is obtained from the cut wood[82]. It also exudes freely from wounds on the trunk and branches[227]. The dried and ground up bark is used like chicle as a chewing gum[61, 177].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Wood - heavy, rather soft, not strong, close grained[82, 149]. It weighs about 40lb per cubic foot[227]. Used for tool handles, cabinet making etc[82, 149].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in a warm sunny site in any freely draining moderately fertile soil[200]. Tolerates salt spray[82]. This species is probably hardy in the milder areas of the country[1, 11]. Another report says that plants are cut back by temperatures below about -15°c but that they can regenerate freely from the base[200]. The flowers are an excellent source of honey[274].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no details on this species but would suggest that if ripe seed can be obtained it should be sown straight away in a cold greenhouse. Stored seed can be sown in late winter or early spring in a greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Bumelia lanuginosaChittamwood20
Bumelia lycioidesShittamwood20
Bumelia tenaxIronwood, Tough bully20

 

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