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Symplocos tinctoria

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
sim-PLOH-kos tink-TOR-ee-ah
Description

Symplocos tinctoria is a deciduous or weakly evergreen shrub or small tree to 18 ft. that usually flowers before the leaves appear.  The bark is smooth and grayish brown to green initially.  Warty lenticels and shallow pits develope as the tree ages.

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest: 

  Blooms:  Early spring, spring            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Late summer

Wildlife Value:  This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.  It is a host plant for King's Hairstreak butterfly.  Adult butterflies nectar from the blooms in early spring.  Its fruits are eaten by birds and small mammals.   

 

 

Cultivars:
Tags:
#fragrant#butterflies#deciduous#birds#showy#host plant
Cultivars:
Tags:
#fragrant#butterflies#deciduous#birds#showy#host plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Symplocos
    Species:
    tinctoria
    Family:
    Symplocaceae
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies