Gymnanthes lucida (Crabwood)

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Description

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Gymnanthes lucida (Crabwood) grows in coastal hammocks in South Florida; where it is a relatively common tree or shrub in some areas. This small to medium-size tree, it is typically 10-25 feet tall, has an erect trunk with gray to reddish-brown bark flaking off to expose the light brown inner bark. It develops a narrow to roundish crown of oval, smooth, glossy, leathery, entire or toothed, dark-green leaves about 4 inches long; sometimes with gray lichens growing on them. New leaves are generally a reddish color and contain aromatic oil.

Furthermore, flowers are inconspicuous, small, fragrant, yellow-green or reddish; male and female flowers are borne on separate trees. Pollination mostly occurs through wind, but they also attract insects. Besides, fruits which are inconspicuous, small green capsules, 1/2 inch in diameter; they turn brown when mature, and typically contain 3 seeds. Seeds is  the tree’s form of propagation.

In cultivation, Gymnanthes lucida (Crabwood) is moderately hardy and grows well on moist well-drained limestone soils with a top layer of humus. In landscaping, the tree can be an accent tree or specimen tree in a front yard or native plant garden. It can also be grown as a shrub to form a buffer or hedge in parking lots.

Additional information

Common Name

Crabwood, Oysterwood

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Origin

West Indies

Flowering Season

All Year

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Slow to Moderate Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun, Full Sun to Partial Shade, Partial Shade

Flower Color

Yellow to Green, Green, Yellow

Plant Type

Evergreen

Gallons

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

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