SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Wahiawa Botanical Garden - Wahiawa, HI, Oahu and Kona, HI, Longwood Gardens - Kennette Square, PA, Del Mar, CA and Tropical Gardens of Maui - HI
The geometry tree is used mostly as a shade tree and occasionally as a street tree, this species has an interesting pattern of branching. Branching is rhythmic, like many members of this family (e.g. Terminalia), causing a geometrically interesting form. Bucida buceras has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -3 (Low Risk), and the Plant Pono link is: https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/bucida-buceras/.
Native to Florida.
Additional Common Names
FLORIDA BLACK OLIVE, OXHORN BUCIDA, GREGORY WOOD, GEOMETRY TREE, BLACK OLIVE
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 40 - 50 feet.
Width: 35 - 50 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Leaves Oblanceolate, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Yellow. Flowers in Spring or Summer.
Black Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Brown, Rough or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense to Very Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Fruit and Leaves.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic Soil pH.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Eryphide Mites and Borer, Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Shade Tree, Buffer Strip or Street Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Bucida buceras Tree Record." 1995-2021. Jan 21, 2021.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/bucida-buceras >