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Citharexylum fruticosum L.


Small shrub like tree with smooth light brown bark and fragrant white flowers. Fiddlewood has opposite leaves that are leathery with orange or pink stems. They are shiny green above and dull green below. It produces round, reddish-brown 1/2 inch fruits.


Found in hammocks and pine lands and often used in landscaping.


Florida native plant that attracts butterflies, birds and other wildlife. The fruit is poisonous to humans but not for birds.

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Karen Hileman
Karen Hileman 11 years ago

There were several other flowering plants around it forming a butterfly garden, but I missed noticing any particular scent. I will revisit the area soon and take some time to "stop and smell the flowers".

ceherzog 11 years ago

This is a great plant...have you noticed the fragrance?

Karen Hileman
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Karen Hileman

Cocoa, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 28, 2012
Submitted on Jul 29, 2012

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