Bushida / Spiny Black Olive / Ming Tree-Bucida spinosa PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 December 2009 10:10

Local Name:

Bushida, Bucida, Spiny Black Olive, Ming Tree

Scientific Name:

Bucida spinosa




Native to south Florida, Cuba, West Indies, and Central America.



From cuttings, as seeds are difficult to germinate. To propagate from cuttings, hard wood won't work, even under a green house or mist system. Soft wood ones will, but one rarely gets a soft wood cutting longer than 2 inches.



Bucida, has small leaves and thorns and grow out geometrically in all directions, forming a 190 degree diamond-like lace. The tree produces a small, black seed-capsule. In natural habitat, black olive can grow as much as 40 ft. Bushida is an evergreen tree with a smooth trunk holding up strong, wind-resistant branches, forming a pyramidal shape when young but developing a very dense, full, oval to rounded crown with age. Sometimes the top of the crown will flatten with age, and the tree grows horizontally. The lush, dark bluish-green, leathery leaves are two to four inches long and clustered at branch tips, sometimes mixed with the 0.5 to 1.5-inch-long spines found along the branches.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 17:42