Bahama Strongbark (Bourreria succulenta)

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Common Name  Bahama Strongbark

Latin Name Bourreria succulenta

Family Boraginaceae

Native Yes

Zone  10A-10B-11 

Height 10-15;28 Feet

Spread 5-15 Feet 

Salt Water Tolerance Moderate

Salt Wind Tolerance Moderate

Drought Tolerance High 

Soil  Tolerates most soil condition

Sun Full Sun to light shade

Wildlife Attractant Hummingbirds, butterflies, birds

Scurlock, J. Paul (1987) Native trees and shrubs of the Florida Keys. 2nd Ed. Pennsylvania 


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Main Uses

The Bahama Strongbark tree is great for accents or specimen flowering shrubs. It can make for a visually appealing tree as its branches have a droopy, cascading aspect to them. 

This tree is native to south Florida, South America,and the West Indies.


The fruit of the Bahama Strongbark consists of bright orange to red round 1/2" drupes, and is considered to be a rare large shurb to small tree with spreading branches.

Wildlife Attractant

The Bahama Strongbark is very attractive to wildlife, such as the Bahamian Swallowtail, Giant Swallowtail, Julia, Large Orange Sulphur, Mangrove Skipper, Southern Broken-dash Skipper and other butterflies.

Birds such as the hummingbird gather nectar from its sweet white flowers.


Plant Creations Nursery Bahama Strongbark