Medium-tall tree up to 25 m in height, usually 12 m. Bark whitish, spongy, peeling, and in many layers. Flat leathery elliptic leaves on short stalks (7 cm x 2 cm) with parallel veins (usually 5). Leaves alternate on the branch. Small white flowers, crowded in bottlebrush-like spikes at branch tips (5 cm in length). Fruit short, cylindric or squarish, woody capsules with many tiny seeds.
Terrestrial, riparian margins, wetlands and freshwater aquatic.
Wind and gravity.
Has become a monoculture in the Florida everglades.
1. Hand pull seedlings
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