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Tough Bully

Common Name: Tough bully Latin Name: Sideroxylon tenax Family: Sapotaceae Habit: An evergreen tree reaching 25 feet in height. Leaves: Alternate, evergreen, & oblanceolate.  The upper leaf surface is smooth and the lower surface has rufous-silky hairs.  The stems have long thorns. Flowers: Small white flowers appear in late spring to early summer. Distribution: Dry hammocks, pinelands and scrub. Landscape: Grows in full sun to part shade with average moisture. Wildlife use: Bees & wasps use the flowers as a nectar source and when in bloom the tree is alight with them.  Birds eat the fruit and use the foliage to nest in because of its protective thorns.  Insect eating birds use this tree to feed off of the bees and wasps that are attracted to it.
Spanish moss hanging from a tree, Tillandsia usneoides Spanish moss hanging from a tree, Tillandsia usneoides Spanish moss hanging from a tree, Tillandsia usneoides

Tough Bully

Common Name: Tough bully Latin Name: Sideroxylon tenax Family: Sapotaceae Habit: An evergreen tree reaching 25 feet in height. Leaves: Alternate, evergreen, & oblanceolate.  The upper leaf surface is smooth and the lower surface has rufous-silky hairs.  The stems have long thorns. Flowers: Small white flowers appear in late spring to early summer. Distribution: Dry hammocks, pinelands and scrub. Landscape: Grows in full sun to part shade with average moisture. Wildlife use: Bees & wasps use the flowers as a nectar source and when in bloom the tree is alight with them.  Birds eat the fruit and use the foliage to nest in because of its protective thorns.  Insect eating birds use this tree to feed off of the bees and wasps that are attracted to it.
Spanish moss hanging from a tree, Tillandsia usneoides Spanish moss hanging from a tree, Tillandsia usneoides Spanish moss hanging from a tree, Tillandsia usneoides
Copyright of Sharon’s Florida Copyright © 1998 - 2018 Sharon LaPlante