FloridaGardener.com Get answers to your gardening questions here!Cultural information for hundreds of plants that grow in Florida.   
FloridaGardener.com
Books regarding gardening in Florida you can buy online.
Search FloridaGardener.com for something specific.
Tell Us What You Think
Links to other garden-related sites.

Community
 The Patio
  Gardening Games
  About FG

Growing Tips
  Gardening Tips 
  Grow Veggies 
  Soils and Climate 
  Hardiness Zones  
  Butterfly Gardening  
  Build a Greenhouse
  Garden Critters  

Florida Plants
  Native Plants
  Plant of the Month
 Florida Palms
 Poisonous Plants 

Help
  Privacy Statement
 What You Think of FG


Help Us to Keep Growing!

Member of :

GWAA

The Garden Writers Association


Last Update 07/20/08

Plant of the Month

Bulnesia arborea

 Vera Wood

Vera Wood or Bulnesia arborea is an evergreen tree native to Colombia and Venezuela.  Of the family Zygophyllaceae it is cultivated for its buttery-yellow flowers and valuable hard and heavy timber called Vera Wood or Maracaibo Lignum Vitae.  Vera Wood was introduced from Venezuala to South Florida by Dr. David Fairchild.

 

Bulnesia

Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Vera Wood

Botanical Name:  Bulnesia arborea

Family:  Zygophyllaceae

Plant Type:  Evergreen tree

Origin: Colombia and Venezuela

Zones: 9-11, good to 40F, lower temperatures may cause defoliation

Height:  40-100'

Rate of Growth: Slow to Medium

Salt Tolerance: Moderate

Soil Requirements:  Any with good drainage

Water Requirements: Very drought tolerant, additional watering not needed once established

Nutritional Requirements: Fertilize twice yearly

Light Requirements: Full sun

Form:  Large well shaped tree

Leaves:  Dark green, compound pinnate

Flowers: Buttery-yellow double flowers produced at branch tips -- Spring, Summer and Fall

Fruits: Winged pods twice yearly

Pests or diseases:  None

Uses:  Specimen plant, shade tree

Bad Habits: None

Cost:  $$ - $$$ -- reasonable to expensive.  Not widely available.

Propagation:   Seeds or air layering

Sources: Flowering Trees of Florida

 
Home | Bookstore | Search | Feedback | Links | The Patio
Plant of the Month | E-Postcards | Gardening Tips | Soils and Climates | Hardiness Zones
Butterfly Gardening | Build A Greenhouse | Florida Palms | Poisonous Plants | Privacy Statement
Pulling Weeds | Florida Gardens | Extension Offices | Water Conservation | Dr. Nehrling

Copyright 1999-2008 FloridaGardener.com All Rights Reserved.