Casearia corymbosa, Casearia

Casearia corymbosa

Family: Salicaceae    (Formerly:Flacourtiaceae)
Origin: Central and South America
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Commonly known as Silverbush, this small tree can reach a height of 10 to 20 feet with alternate, simple leaves attached to the branches (normally 3 to 5 inches long with a width of 1.5 to 2.5 inches). Distributed in Central and South America from Mexico to Argentina, the Casearia corymbosa is an evergreen shrub with a moderate growth rate that is cultivated for its attractive white to off-white flowers.

When planting Casearia corymbosa, it's best to choose a location with full sun to partial shade. Its soil should also be kept moderately moist. A regular watering schedule is recommended to encourage the plant growth and health, while allowing the soil to dry out in between. Fertilizers, although not necessary, can provide additional benefits to the shrub, including promoting growth and brightening its foliage.

In colder temperate regions, Casearia corymbosais often grown in containers or pots and brought inside in the winter months. If a potted shrub is kept outdoors, it needs to be stored in a sheltered location to protect it from strong winds, cold temperatures and heavy precipitation.

The Casearia corymbosaenjoys attracting a variety of wildlife, especially butterflies and hummingbirds. Its white to off-white blossoms are incredibly fragrant and bloom for 4 to 6 weeks during summertime. Pruning is also beneficial for keeping its shape and size in check, as well as reducing its problem with branch dieback. All in all, this evergreen shrub is perfect for bringing a hint of exoticism to any garden or landscape.

Casearia corymbosa, Casearia

Link to this plant: