Bluewood Condalia

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Bluewood Condalia

Condalia hookeri
Brazil, Brazilian Bluewood, Purple Haw, Capul Negro
6

26 feet
20

30 feet
South and south-central Texas; Mexico
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Shade
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun or shade. A nearly evergreen small tree with glowing lime-green foliage. The name is a Spanish reference to charcoal, for the dark greyish-black bark and reddish twigs. Flowers and fruits appear year-round. Bluewood is common and thicket-forming in native understory, providing the sort of dense cover that provides great habitat and nesting opportunities for urban wildlife. It is often removed by builders and subjected to endless brush sculpture, but with minimal training in a sunny setting, it forms a distinctive small ornamental.

Maintenance

Stiff thorns require careful handling. To prune, focus on minimizing dead, damaged, or rubbing branches. Cuts should only be made at a bud or branch; as with any tree, remove no more than 25% of the total canopy during any five-year cycle. To maintain a healthy specimen, leave the upper 2/3 of the tree’s height uncut, and never remove more than the lowest third of the tree in a single pruning period — for example, on a 12-foot tree, stick to the lowest 4 feet.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Tree
Size:
6-26' H, 20-30' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae
Flower Color:
Green
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
Thorns require careful handling and placement.
Coupon Eligible:
No

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