Florida Nectandra Lancewood Nectandra coriacea 20 Seeds
Florida Nectandra Lancewood Nectandra coriacea 20 Seeds
Florida Nectandra Lancewood Nectandra coriacea 20 Seeds
Florida Nectandra Lancewood Nectandra coriacea 20 Seeds
Florida Nectandra Lancewood Nectandra coriacea 20 Seeds
Florida Nectandra Lancewood Nectandra coriacea 20 Seeds
Florida Nectandra Lancewood Nectandra coriacea 20 Seeds

Florida Nectandra Lancewood Nectandra coriacea 20 Seeds

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Lancewood is an attractive, evergreen tree that is native to South Florida, the Caribbean and Central America. It has bright green leathery and shiny leaves that droop down from the smooth, green twigs. It is a member of the laurel family and like many other members of that family, it has aromatic leaves. It is one of the most common elements of the tropical hammocks in South Florida and the Florida Keys. Lancewood has a narrow, rounded crown and slender, spreading branches. It can grow up to 30 feet in tall. The trunk is straight or angled and it has smooth, light gray bark. The trunk has shallow buttress roots at the base. Leaves are alternate, lance-shaped, smooth, dark green above, lighter below, 3 - 6 inches long. Airy clusters of small, fragrant flowers appear on the twigs in the spring, summer and autumn. Flowers are white or creamy white, the blooms about 1 /4 inch wide and attract insect pollinators. Fruits are rounded or oval, about 1/2 inch long, purple and turning black when mature, with a red or yellow cup-like base, containing a single seed. The flowers are followed by oval fruits that change from dark green to black when they are mature. The fruits are on red, cup-like stalks. The fruits attract birds. It has dark brown heartwood that is used for cabinetry and poles. Lancewood is used as a specimen tree and in buffer plantings. It has a moderate to fast growth rate. It grows in moist, well-drained soils and is drought tolerant. The wood is oily and pieces can be burned as a light source. In cultivation, lancewood does best on moist, well-drained soils with a top layer of humus. Because of its handsome glossy leaves, flowers and unusual fruits, lancewood makes an attractive native accent or specimen tree, for residential and commercial sites. It is suitable for growth in a large planter or pruned to form a boundary plant or hedge.

 

Seeds are Stored in a Refrigerator to Maintain Viability

 

Growing Instructions

1. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the mixture in a pot with drainage holes in the base.
2. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
3. Put the seeds on the soil.
4. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
5. Water the seeds.
6. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.
7. Water them regularly so that the soil does not dry out.
8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.