Picramnia pentandra, Florida Bitterbush, Bitter Bush

Picramnia pentandra

Florida Bitterbush, Bitter Bush
Family: Picramniaceae    (Formerly:Simaroubaceae)
Origin: South Florida
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular water

Picramnia pentandra, commonly known as Florida Bitterbush, is an evergreen large shrub or small tree found growing naturally in the South Florida (Dade county). It is a slow-growing plant, with a mature height of between 5 and 10 ft, though in ideal conditions can reach up to 20 ft.

The Florida Bitterbush is a versatile species. It does best in full sun, but is moderately tolerant of some shade and a wide range of soil pH and soil types. It is drought resistant, but will perform best if watered regularly. However, it is important to monitor soil moisture, as too much water can potentially cause roots to rot. This plant usually thrives in USDA Zones 9-11, and can be grown in containers in colder climates, and kept in a sunny spot indoors.

Given the right amount of care, Florida Bitterbush can be a beautiful and easy to care for plant. It requires minimal maintenance, and can expand to give a lush and full look to any garden.

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