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Forestiera acuminata (Michx.) Poir.

Modern name

Forestiera acuminata (Michx.) Poir.


Adelia acuminata Michx.; Borya acuminata (Michx.) Willd.

A deciduous shrub, usually 4 to 8 ft high, or a small tree, sometimes 20 to 30 ft high in the wild, of spreading habit; branches slender, the short ones occasionally spine-tipped. Leaves lanceolate or oval-lanceolate, 112 to 212 in. long, 12 to 34 in. wide at the middle, tapering gradually to both ends, shallowly toothed from the middle to the apex; stalk 14 to 12 in. long. Male flowers clustered in small stalkless tufts; female ones on branched stalks; both minute, greenish, and of no beauty. Fruits cylindrical, pointed, 12 in. long, purple.

Native of the S.E. United States; introduced in 1812. A shrub of botanical interest only, and privet-like appearance.



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