Botanical Name: Cyrilla racemiflora
Common Name: Leatherwood, Titi, Swamp Titi, Black Titi, White Titi, Red Titi, Swamp Cyrilla, American Cyrilla, Burnwood Bark, Palo Colorado
Description: Very cool looking shrub or small tree that is a Florida native. It usually gets about 20-30′ tall x 10-15′ wide. It grows like a shrub for a few years, then starts its more upright growth to look more like a tree. Has pretty cinnamon-colored trunks with bark that flakes and contorted stems. Semi-evergreen in mild winters, deciduous in colder ones. Likes sun, part sun, or part shade. Blooms white raceme type flowers May through July that the pollinators love. Its native habitat is low, wet pinelands and stream beds, but it adapts to normal gardening conditions. The bees make honey from the flowers. Birds and other critters eat the fruit.
Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water. Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
This plant in 3-gallon containers is 1.5 – 3′ tall.
This plant in 7-gallon containers is 3-5′ tall.
Florida Hardiness Zones 8-11