Jamaica Dogwood
Piscidia piscipula

Jamaica Dogwood

Jamaica dogwood is a medium size tree to 35 feet tall that can tolerate being near the ocean but not continuous salt spray or inundation.

The white or pink flowers are showy in the spring while the tree is briefly leafless.  Jamaica dogwood is very drought tolerant from the Keys up to Palm Beach County but must have some organic matter in the soil.

It makes a beautiful specimen tree or can be mixed with other hammock trees of the Keys such as gumbo limbo, wild tamarind, mastic, pigeon plum and soldier wood.

The seeds are in a dry papery pod which can be left as mulch.  The leaves are food for the cassius blue butterfly and the hammock skipper.