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Brasil, Bluewood, Capul Negro, Purple Haw, Logwood, Capulin, Chaparral
Condalia hookeri var. hookeri


Brasil is a small spiny evergreen tree that forms thickets and chaparral. It grows most abundantly in the drier soils of south Texas, as well as neighboring regions. Its leaves are bright and shiny lime green and are striking against a dark green background such as Texas ebony. Since it flowers throught the year, it is usually covered with purple and black fruit of various stages of maturity.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: greenish, inconspicuous

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: purple and black berries

Height: to 30 ft.

Width: to 35 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

Additional Comments: The wood is reported to produce a blue dye. The fruit is sweet and edible, making good jelly and wine, but is often hard to find since it is a favorite of birds and other wildlife.

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