A picture of a Leatherwood

Leatherwood

Cyrilla racemiflora

Also known as

Black titi, Myrtle

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.25m

Max

1.3m

80cm

Min

80cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Leatherwood Overview

A low shrub from Florida to Brazil growing to about 1.5m high, in good conditions can reach 6m or more with a central woody stem and open branching habit. The lateral branches are wiry and tending to curve upward. Sparse leaves are glossy dark green and turn dull red before falling in late autumn. The white flower spikes start opening in early summer and may continue almost to fall. The flowers are followed by tiny, dry fruit.

How to propagate Leatherwood

Seed

Propagation is normally from seed.

Other uses of Leatherwood

Grown for its flowers in late summer or autumn.