A shrub to please you and the critters

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pineland strongbark is attractive and fragrant.

Small white flowers that occur in clusters of two or three or four and bright orange fruit are the attractions of smooth strongback or pineland strongbark, Bourreria cassinifolia. It is a small-leafed shrub that is pleasing to the eye, good for wildlife and easy to grow. Summer is its time to shine, as it is sprinkled with dots of fragrant white flowers that twinkle like little stars. A native to Miami-Dade and Monroe counties as well as the Caribbean and South America, flowers of this great plant is visited by many butterflies, including Giant Swallowtail, several sulphurs, Monarch, Queen and Julia; by bees and other insects and by hungry birds.  Evergreen, Bourreria cassinifolia can be shaped by pruning, or allowed to grow nearly as wide as it is tall, which is on the plus side of 10 to 15 feet. The longer you have it, the more you will like it.