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Symplocos tinctoria

Horsesugar, Common Sweetleaf

Scientific Name:

Symplocos tinctoria

Genus:

Symplocos

Species Epithet:

tinctoria

Common Name:

Horsesugar, Common Sweetleaf

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Symplocaceae (Sweetleaf Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft., 3-6 ft., 6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist bottomland forests, pocosin edges, mesic forests, ridgetop forests, sandhills. Common in NC Mountains and Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

butterflies, host plant for King's Hairstreak Butterfly, birds and small mammals eat fruits. Showy cream to yellow flowers before leaves appear,
Leaves reported to taste sweet and somewhat like green apples. Deer resistant!

Plant with Blooms

image

Tom Harville
May 09

Blooms

image

Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Flora of North America
NC State Extension
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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