Colubrina Elliptica (syn. C. reclinata)


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Soldierwood is a small tree or shrub, commonly 10 – 20 feet in height with a slender trunk and branches; the crown is moderately dense and has an irregular shape. And, the bark is orange-brown, mottled, fissured and peels off in thin layers. Additionally, leaves are dark green, shiny, alternate, simple, entire, elliptic, 2 1/2 – 6 inches long. Also they have scattered gland spots near the margin.

Furthermore, flowers are borne in leaf axils, yellow green in color, blooms tiny about 1/16 inch long. Accordingly, fruit is globose, about the size of a peppercorn, orange red in color; and seeds are used for propagation.

Soldierwood has dark brown to yellowish, heavy, hard strong wood used for posts. A soft drink is made from the bark and sometimes the fruit; the drink also is said to have medicinal properties; also seeds are made into necklaces.

This plant does well in a range of soil types with good drainage. In landscaping, with pruning, Soldierwood can be a small specimen tree or large shrub in gardens or patios. It can be grown in a planter and in a native plant garden.

Other common names: Amole, Tzecui, Colubrina hondurensis


Additional information

Common Name

Mabi, Snakewood, Soldierwood

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native


Central America, West Indies

Salt Tolerance

Moderate Salt Tolerance

Flower Color

Yellow to Green, Green, Yellow

Plant Type



25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.