About Common Sweetleaf
Sweetleaf is a deciduous shrub or small tree that may grow 20 feet tall. It can be found in moist bottomland forests, pocosin edges, mesic forests, ridgetop forests, and sandhills. The leaves are edible and sweet to the taste. In early spring, small, white flowers mature. The small tree produces a 1/2-inch, orange-brown drupe that matures in late summer.
Also known as
common sweetleaf, horse-sugar and yellowwood
How to care for Common Sweetleaf
Common Sweetleaf needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Common Sweetleaf love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Common Sweetleaf does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Sweetleaf after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.