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Symplocos tinctoria

Horsesugar, Common Sweetleaf

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Tree/Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

White

Size in Feet:

18

Light:

Part-sun - Shade

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

March - April - May

Bloom Area:

Statewide (Mountains, Piedmont, Coast)

Habitat Description:

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

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

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!

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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

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