BRASIL Bluewood, Rhamnaceae
Condalia hookeri Buckthorn Family
Small tree with branches ending in thorns; distinctive bright, lime-green
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.
Sun: Partial shade to full sun.
Water: Low: drought tolerant.
Maintenance: Little needed.
Key source of fruit for wildlife (birds, squirrels, raccoons,
opossums); cover, shelter, nest sites; pollen used by bees; leaves browsed by deer.
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