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Bumelia lycioides - (L.)Pers.

Common Name Shittamwood
Family Sapotaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Low moist soils by swamps and streams, also found on rocky bluffs[82].
Range South-eastern N. America - Virginia to Florida, west to Indiana and Texas.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Bumelia lycioides Shittamwood


Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.
Bumelia lycioides Shittamwood
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 719.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Bumelia lycioides is a deciduous Tree growing to 8 m (26ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from August to September, and the seeds ripen from October to November. 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.

Synonyms

Sideroxylon lycioides.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit[177]. No further details. The fruit has a thick flesh and is about 10mm in diameter[82, 200].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Wood.

Wood - heavy, hard, not strong, close grained[82, 229]. It weighs about 46lb per cubic foot[235]. Of no commercial value, it is used for tool handles, cabinet making etc[82, 229].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in a warm sunny site in any freely draining moderately fertile soil[200]. Plants are cut back by temperatures below about -15°c but they regenerate freely from the base 200]. Succeeds outdoors at Kew[11], though it is not very vigorous[K]. This species rarely, if ever, fruits in Britain[11]. The tree at Kew flowered freely in the long hot summer of 1989 but did not produce fruit[K].

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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 tenaxIronwood, Tough bully20

 

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