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BRASIL Bluewood, Rhamnaceae
Condalia hookeri Buckthorn Family

DESCRIPTION: 
  • Small tree with branches ending in thorns; distinctive bright, lime-green leaves.

  • Height: 12-15 feet; can reach 30 feet.

  • Flowers: Petalless, small and inconspicuous, greenish; after rainfall.

  • Fruit: Black, fleshy edible berry.

  • Foliage: Evergreen, bright lime-green leaves.

  • Bark: Thin, smooth, becoming furrowed with age, brown to light gray.

  • Growth rate: Moderate to slow.


REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Partial shade to full sun.

  • Soil: Any.

  • Drainage: Well-drained.

  • Water: Low: drought tolerant.

  • Maintenance: Little needed.

 

NATIVE HABITAT: 

Brush-grassland.


WILDLIFE USE: 

Key source of fruit for wildlife (birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums); cover, shelter, nest sites; pollen used by bees; leaves browsed by deer.

 
COMMENTS: 

Firewood; small edible fruit in large amounts to make jelly and wines; wood heavy and hard; wood allegedly source of blue dye. Attractive small tree when mature; can be shaped into a barrier hedge; the bright intensity of the dense lime-green foliage is an interesting contrast to surrounding deep green
trees.

 

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