Scientific Name: Planchonella sandwicensis (A. Gray) Pierre

Classification: Plantae/ Tracheobionta / Spermatophyta / Magnoliophyta / Magnoliopsida / Dilleniidae / Ebenales / Sapotaceae / Planchonella Pierre/ Planchonella sandwicensis (A. Gray) Pierre

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General Information
Usda SymbolPLSA2
Life CyclePerennial
Growth HabitsShrubTree,
Native LocationsPLSA2

Plant Guide

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Plant Traits

Growth Requirements

Temperature, Minimum (°F)40
Adapted to Coarse Textured SoilsNo
Adapted to Fine Textured SoilsNo
Adapted to Medium Textured SoilsNo
Anaerobic ToleranceNone
Cold Stratification RequiredNo
Drought ToleranceMedium
Fertility RequirementMedium
Frost Free Days, Minimum365
Hedge ToleranceLow
Planting Density per Acre, Maxim640
Planting Density per Acre, Minim320
Root Depth, Minimum (inches)36
Shade ToleranceIntermediate


Coppice PotentialNo
Resprout AbilityNo
Nitrogen FixationNone
Leaf RetentionYes
Low Growing GrassNo
Fall ConspicuousYes
Fire ResistantNo
Flower ColorGreen
Flower ConspicuousYes
Foliage ColorGreen
Foliage Porosity SummerModerate
Foliage Porosity WinterModerate
Foliage TextureFine
Fruit/Seed ColorBrown
Fruit/Seed ConspicuousNo
Height at 20 Years, Maximum (fee30
Height, Mature (feet)40.0
Known AllelopathNo


Small GrainNo
Seed per Pound282
Propagated by TubersNo
Propagated by SprigsYes
Propagated by BulbNo
Propagated by SodNo
Propagated by SeedYes
Propagated by CormNo
Propagated by ContainerNo
Propagated by Bare RootNo
Fruit/Seed PersistenceYes
Fruit/Seed Period EndSummer
Fruit/Seed Period BeginSpring
Propagated by CuttingsYes


Veneer ProductYes
Pulpwood ProductYes
Post ProductYes
Palatable HumanNo
Nursery Stock ProductNo
Naval Store ProductNo
Lumber ProductYes
Fodder ProductNo
Christmas Tree ProductNo
Berry/Nut/Seed ProductNo
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