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Flower and form

Anacua, Sugarberry, Knockaway, Knackaway, Anacahuita, Manzanita, Manzanillo, Sandpaper Tree
Ehretia anacua


Anacua is an attractive tree mainly native to South Texas but can be found as far north as Austin. It is subtropical and if planted as far north as Dallas it will freeze back in cold winters, and rarely develop flowers. It grows best on alkaline soils with good drainage, but is adaptable to neutral to slightly acidic soils. It is sometimes called sandpaper tree because of the rough texture of the leaves. It blooms from spring through summer with white, fragrant flowers that cover the tree in dense clusters. Bright orange fruits then ripen from April to June.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub medium tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring summer

Fruit Characteristics: orange drupes

Height: to 50 ft.

Width: to 45 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: alkaline adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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