Chittamwood (Bumelia)

 

Description

Chittamwood (Bumelia)

Sapodilla Family: Sapotaceae

Latin Name: Bumelia lanuginosa var. rigida
Longevity: Perennial
Season: Warm
Origin: Native
Value: Wildlife – good
Livestock – fair

Remarks:

Also known as, “Rigid Wooly-bucket bumelia”, “Blackhaw”, “Wooly-buckthorn”, “Wooly-bumelia” and “False-buckthorn” to mention a few. Flowers June to July and the fruit matures September to October. The fruit is eaten by many wildlife species. Birds are very fond of the fruit; in fact, they get it as soon as it ripens. A gum is freely exuded from wounds on the trunk. The stiff branches form a narrow crown and are often spiny.

Source: USDA-NRCS

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