Older trees are distinguished by their dark, scaly bark, hence the name "Black Mangrove." The thick, leathery leaves secrete salt and the underside of the leaf is a lighter shade of green. The small, white flowers are fragrant and provide a great source of nectar for honeybees. Many root projections (pneumatophores) surround the tree.
Also Known As
California black sage
An aromatic evergreen shrub with distinctive textured leaves like the sage used for cooking. The flowers form in dense, globe-shaped clusters. The floral tube and its lobes are white to light blue to lavender, and occasionally rose-colored. The upper 'lip' of the tube has two petal lobes while the lower 'lip' has three small lobes.