What is the plant
This species grows almost exclusively in the ecotone between rockland hammocks and pine rocklands. However, it can be used along the edges of rockland hammock creations, even when the ecotone itself is missing.Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
An interesting small tree or large shrub with and open, spreading crown. Mature trunks 4-8 inches in diameter. Leaves fine textured, thin.ypically 10-20 feet in height; to 35 feet in South Florida. Usually taller than broad.Moderate to low; it prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well in nutrient poor soils.
As with the Ailanthus or Tree-of-heaven, Alvaradoa fruits are samaras, which means that they are dry, winged fruits that don't split open when mature. Alvaradoas are fairly common in much of Mexico and their production of drooping samaras is prolific. I've watched seed-eating birds such as finches eat a lot of these fruits at the end of the dry season other foods are scarce, so this is a very important species ecologically.
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