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Good Time To Plant Mayhaw Berry Trees

Mayhw Berry Trees in the pond

Written by: Golden Acres Ranch
December 6, 2019

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It’s winter and the Mayhaw Berry trees have gone dormant. So now is a good time to plant root stock.

We have Mayhaw Trees, in various sizes and varieties for sale here at the ranch. From 4-gal, grafted to 1-gal seedlings, you’ll be able to start these beautiful landscape trees on your property.

Drought-Tolerant, Native Plants

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a swamp to grow Mayhaw Trees. In fact, they are drought resistance as well as flood tolerant. The reason they have the reputation as swamp trees is because what they can’t tolerate is fire.

So, over the centuries of Florida’s past, when natural fires would sweep through the panhandle, only the trees protected by water survived.

This is why, if you grew up in the region, you might remember going out to nearby swamps to collect berries with your grandma.

We have a couple of rows of Mayhaws in our orchard, and they are doing just fine with drip irrigation on only the driest of days.

Landscape Trees

In the image above the Mayhaw Trees are in a 50-something year old pond on our property. They propagate naturally through root runner growth. They cluster at various distances from each other and some have more sun and circulation than others. A wild configuration!

When planted intentionally 20-25 feet apart, out in the sun, they grow to only 30-40′ in symmetrical rounded trees. They make ideal landscape plants.

Mayhaw Berry Harvest

Mayhaws get their name from the fact that the berries are always ready to harvest in May. The peak harvest here at Golden Acres is right around Mother’s Day weekend.

We haven’t had a good harvest for a few years, so by planting your own trees, you may be able to have your own stock of berries for jelly, wine or sauces.


If you would like to know more, go to our Mayhaw Tree page, then contact Bobbie and arrange to come out to tour the ranch and take some of these special trees home.