Willow Bustic  Sideroxylon salicifolium

Small tree to 30 feet or so.  Insignificant flowers add a fragrance of grape jelly to the area.  Pollinators come from miles away to partake of the nectar.  The fruits are popular with several kinds of birds.   Some birds may even attempt to nest in the tree.  

Above, a 15' tall bustic combined with silver buttonwood, krug's holly, and low-growing philodendrons.

At right, a full-to-the ground 15' specimen in the center, flanked by simpson's stopper on the left and silver buttonwood on the right.

Below, flowers starting to open.  This photo was taken in May.

The telephone rings in mid-April. 

"Good morning...Plant Creations!"

"Hello, I'm calling with a question about the willow bustic I planted a few months ago.  It seems to be developing little bumps along the branches.  Is there anything I should do?"

"Those are the flowers developing. Just relax and let it happen."

 

When those little bumps burst open, you will be treated to a sweet profusion of delectable fragrance!  Scratch and sniff the photo above to see what I'm talking about.

During the next few months, the flowers develop into juicy fruits, beloved by birds such as cardinals, mockingbirds, jays and more.

 
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Last updated:  12/20/2011