General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 10-35 feet or more
Plant Spread: 15-20 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Glossy green to almost 12 inches in length.
Fruit: Indehiscent
Other: 1 to 1.5 inch cylindrical sticky dark brownish-purple fruits with 5 vertical ribs.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Greenish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Shade Tree
Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years

Common names
  • Bird-Catcher Tree
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Pisonia umbellifera
  • Synonym: Pisonia brunoniana
  • Synonym: Pisonia siphonocarpa

  • Posted by pniksch (Rockwall, TX - Zone 8a) on Apr 3, 2013 7:44 AM concerning plant:
    Makes a great shrub in frost-free SoCal, but really shines when on a shady patio or garden area where you can enjoy the foliage 'up close and personal.' The variegation really brightens a shady area.

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