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Bumelia tenax - Willd.

Common Name Ironwood, Tough bully
Family Sapotaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry sandy soils[82], in sand-pine forests and with coastal oak[229].
Range South-eastern N. America - North Carolina to Florida.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Bumelia tenax Ironwood, Tough bully


Bumelia tenax Ironwood, Tough bully

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Bumelia tenax is a deciduous Tree growing to 8 m (26ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw. A sweet flavour[82]. It is up to 14mm long[229].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Wood.

Wood - heavy, hard, close grained[82]. Of no commercial value because the trees are too small[229].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in a warm sunny site in any freely draining moderately fertile soil[200]. This species is probably hardy in the milder areas of the country[11]. Another report says that plants are cut back by temperatures below about -15°c but that they can regenerate freely from the base[200].

Propagation

Seed - we have no details on this species but would suggest that if ripe seed can be obtained it should be sown straight away in a cold greenhouse. Stored seed can be sown in late winter or early spring in a greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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