Fiddlewood, Citharexylum spinosum

This gorgeous tropical shrub has so much to recommend, it’s hard to know where to start. The big green leaves? The abundant, super fragrant small white flowers? The gorgeous grape-like clusters of fruit that start out a lovely bronzey-orange color and gradually turn black? This is a visually stunning native that is best used as a large shrub specimen, although some growers are supplying single leader style specimens with full heads, and it can reach 20ft high or more in South Florida. This species is very tolerant of a wide range of pH in the soil.

Citharexylum spinosum Photo by Katherine Wagner Reiss CC X SA 4.0

Fiddlewood Photo by Cammie Donaldson

UF IFAS info for Fiddlewood

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FNPS info for Fiddlewood