The Anacua tree also known as the Knackaway tree is an attractive tree mainly native to South Texas but can be found as far north as Austin. It is subtropical and if planted as far north as Dallas it will freeze back in cold winters, and rarely develop flowers. It grows best on alkaline soils with good drainage, but is adaptable to neutral to slightly acidic soils. It is sometimes called sandpaper tree because of the rough texture of the leaves. It blooms from spring through summer with white, fragrant flowers that cover the tree in dense clusters. Bright orange fruits then ripen from April to June.
Plant Habit or Use: large shrub medium tree
Exposure: sun partial sun
Flower Color: white
Blooming Period: spring summer
Fruit Characteristics: orange drupes
Height: to 50 ft.
Width: to 45 ft.
Plant Character: deciduous
Heat Tolerance: very high
Water Requirements: medium low
Soil Requirements: alkaline adaptable