Virginia, south to Florida, west to Texas. Typically in the coastal plain and sandy soils.
Pyramidal, open small tree.
Grows in the light shade of open canopies or in open fields as well as wet swampy areas. Tolerates extreme heat and drought and saturated soils. Seemingly a plant for all situations! Needs protection in the mid-Atlantic area.
Specimen, screens, espaliers. Dwarf cultivars are used in foundation plantings and drifts.
Lustrous, green year round. Alternate, ovate .5 to 1.5 inches long with a crenate to serrate margin all the way to the base of the leaf. The absence of gla Purple tinged new growth
White to gray.
Dioecious, creamy white, fragrant.
Drupe, red, .25 inches. (I. crenata has black fruit.)
'Nana' - dwarf 3 to 4 foot plant.
'Pendula' - weeping form to 25 feet.
'Stokes Dwarf' -dwarf, 3 to 4 foot plant with purple stems.