| Saffron Plum, Antswood, La Coma, Downward Plum, Milk Buckthorn, Tropical Buckthorn|
Saffron plum is a small, thorny tree or small shrub found on the Rio Grande Plains and southern Gulf Prairies and Marshes, although it adapts to any soil. The flowers appear from May to November, followed by blue-black berries. It is effectively evergreen, with small dark green leaves that persist for at least two years and are usually hairless on the lower surface, differing from other bumelias. The ends of the twigs have long sharp spines. The berries are eaten by many species of birds and mammals. In South Texas it is a good alternative to yaupon holly.
Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree
Exposure: sun partial sun
Flower Color: white, bell-shaped clusters, fragrant
Blooming Period: summer
Fruit Characteristics: blue-black berries
Height: to 30 ft.
Width: to 20 ft.
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: very high
Water Requirements: low
Soil Requirements: adaptable