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Sandhill Rosemary Ceratiola ericoides

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ser-ah-tee-OH-lah er-ik-OY-dees
Description

Sandhill Rosemary is an evergreen shrub that is native to SE coastal states from SC to FL and west to MI in extremely dry sandhills and sand ridges along Coastal Plain rivers. It is a dense, rounded shrub growing about 6 feet tall with short narrow needle-like leaves that have the aroma of rosemary.

This plant is used in naturalized areas of sand dunes and habitat restoration.

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#evergreen#coastal#native#habit restoration#sand dunes
 
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#evergreen#coastal#native#habit restoration#sand dunes
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ceratiola
    Species:
    ericoides
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Eastern U.S.A
    Distribution:
    AL , FL , GA , MS , SC
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Tiny (3mm), round, fleshy yellow-green fruit has two seeds on female plants in the winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Separate male and female flowers are small, papery, yellow to brown, and clustered in the leaf axil.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has 5/8 inch, needle-like leaves in pairs set at right angles to each other and appear to be in whorls of 4 or 6 needles when viewed from the end of the twig. The foliage has a fragrance of rosemary.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Shredding
    Bark Description:
    Gray shredding bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Young twigs have dense hairs. Older branches are gray, having rough leaf scars and shredding bark.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden