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Anacua

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Anacua

ANACUA Sugarberry, Boraginaceae
Ehretia anacua - Borage Family


DESCRIPTION: Medium tree with evergreen, dark-green, sandpapery leaves
  • Height: 15-40 feet.

  • Flowers: Fragrant, white, clustered near branch ends; early spring and after summer rainfall.

  • Fruit.- Edible, yellow to red two-seeded berries.

  • Foliage: Evergreen, dark-green, rough like sandpaper.

  • Bark: Thick, furrowed bark, gray to reddish-brown.

  • Growth rate: Moderate.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Full sun to shade.

  • Soil: Any; best in alkaline soils.

  • Drainage: Well-drained.

  • Water: Low to moderate; drought tolerant after established.

 
MAINTENANCE: 

Avoid planting over heavily-traveled walkways where fruit would be crushed; generally not subject to disease. Propagation: Seed, root suckers.

NATIVE HABITAT: 

Wooded areas near rivers and resacas.

WILDLIFE USE: 

Flowers heavily used by butterflies and bees; fruit by birds; cover, nest sites. 


COMMENTS: 

Deep shade; spring blooms look like the tree is covered with snow; unusual mature trunks look like several corded trunks have been bound together.

 

  

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