One of South Florida's most beautiful native trees, lignum vitae is an extremely slow-growing broadleaf evergreen which potentially reaches 30 to 40 feet in height, but few people have seen plants of this size because of its slow growth. Most landscape specimens are 8-12' tall and wide, with a beautiful array of multiple trunks and a rounded canopy much like that of a mature crape myrtle. The small, leathery, dark green leaves are joined at many times throughout the year by the production of large clusters of deep blue flowers, the old flowers fading to a light silvery-blue and creating a shimmering haze over the rounded canopy. These flowers are followed by small, heart-shaped, yellow berries, appearing on the tree at the same time as the blue flowers and creating a lovely sight.
Lignum vitae is an extremely adaptable native species. It can do equally well in full sun or partial shade, and tolerates a wide variety of soils: clay; sand; loam; alkaline or acidic. It tolerates does best in an average, well-drained soil but is both extremely drought tolerant and also tolerates extended flooding. Because it is a coastal species, it is also highly salt tolerant. Lignum vitae works best as a small specimen tree or in groupings of 3-5 plants.
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