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Palo Amargo (Rauvolfia nitida)

Rauvolfia Nitida, or more commonly know as Palo Amargo, is a tree shrub with yellow-green foliage and white flowers of the genus Rauvolfia. It has a height of 23 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is year round, blooms during summer and is tolerant of shade. Rauvolfia Nitida or Palo Amargo's floral region is Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands

  • Category: Dicot
  • Genus: Rauvolfia
  • Family: Apocynaceae
  • Order: Gentianales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Tree Shrub
  • Native Status: PR (N) VI (N)
  • Active Growth Period: Year Round
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: None
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • Coppice Potential: Yes
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: White
  • Flower Conspicuous: No
  • Foliage Color: Yellow-Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Moderate
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Moderate
  • Foliage Texture: Coarse
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Red
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: No
  • Growth Form: Single Crown
  • Height at 20 Years Maximum (feet): 35
  • Height Mature (feet): 23
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Rounded
  • Toxicity: Slight
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Fertility Requirement: Medium
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 365
  • Hedge Tolerance: Low
  • pH (Minimum): 6
  • pH (Maximum): 8.5
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 320
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 640
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 40
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 60
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 36
  • Shade Tolerance: Tolerant
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): 40
  • Bloom Period: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Fall
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: Yes
  • Propagated by Bare Root: No
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: No
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: No
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Small Grain: No




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