Plant Care Common Sweetleaf

Common Sweetleaf

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.


Symplocos tinctoria

Also known as

common sweetleaf, horse-sugar and yellowwood

How to care for Common Sweetleaf


How often to water your Common Sweetleaf

Water needs for Common Sweetleaf
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Sweetleaf needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Common Sweetleaf in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Sweetleaf: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

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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How to fertilize Common Sweetleaf

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Sweetleaf: repot after 2X growth

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.

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Care Summary for Common Sweetleaf

Common Sweetleaf

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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