Virginia Tech Dendrology

Gulf Sebastian-bush Euphorbiaceae Ditrysinia fruticosa (Bartram) Govaerts & Frodin Listen to the Latin symbol: DIFR6
Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical, lanceolate to oval, entire, 2 to 4 inches long acute to acuminate tip, semi-evergreen, shiny green above and slightly paler below, reddish petiole.
Flower: Narrow, upright, yellow-green, spike-like clusters (1 to 2 inches long) of very small flowers, female flowers at base of spike, occur in leaf axils near branch tips, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Three-parted capsules 1/3 inch across, wider than tall, in loose clusters, ripening to a brown color.
Twig: Slender, green turning brown very late in the season; buds, small reddish brown, pointed.
Bark: Reddish, silver gray later becoming lighter gray brown and a bit rough.
Form: Loosely branched shrub reaching 3 to 8 feet tall.
Looks like: coast leucothoe - fetterbush lyonia
leaf flower fruit bark map
Additional Range Information: Ditrysinia fruticosa is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Gulf Sebastian-bush.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson