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Coma Del Sur

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COMA DEL SUR Saffron, plum
Bumelia celastrina - Sapotaceae, Sapodilia Family

DESCRIPTION: 
  • Small, spiny, evergreen tree.

  • Height: 15-20 feet; can grow to 30 feet.

  • Flowers: Fragrant, small, clustered, greenish-white; frequent in late autumn or after rainfall.

  • Fruit: Sweet edible purple to black elongated berry with large seed.

  • Foliage: Evergreen.

  • Bark: Mottled gray to brown; smooth or furrowed.

  • Growth rate: Moderate to slow.


REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Partial shade to full sun. 

  • Soil.- Any.

  • Drainage: Well-drained.

  • Water. Low; drought tolerant.

  • Maintenance: Little needed.

  • Propagation: Scarified seed.

 

NATIVE HABITAT: 

Brush-grassland.


WILDLIFE USE: 

Very attractive to butterflies and bees; fruit feeds a variety of birds and mammals; deer browse leaves; nest sites.


COMMENTS: 

Chewing gum substitute; fruit eaten by humans; aphrodisiac; cabinet work. Growth has tendency to reveal a slightly weeping canopy; can easily be pruned into an attractive shape.

 

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