Spring Vs. Summer Titi: Differences Between Spring And Summer Titi Plants

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

With names like spring and summer titi, you may think thesetwo plants are alike. It is true that they share many similarities, but theirdifferences are also notable, and in some cases, important to take note of.

Spring vs. Summer Titi

How to tell spring and summer titi apart? What are thedifferences between spring and summer titi? Let’s begin with the similarities:

  • Summer titi and spring titi are both shrubby, moisture-loving plants that grow best in riparian areas, such as bogs or along stream banks.
  • Both are native to the warm, tropical climates of the southeastern United States, as well as parts of Mexico and South America.
  • They are primarily evergreen, but some of the leaves may turn color in fall. However, both tend to be deciduous in the cooler, northern region of its growing range. Both are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 7b to 8b.
  • The shrubs produce lovely blooms that are attractive to pollinators.

Now that we’ve touched on the similarities, let’s explore the differences between spring and summer titi:

  • The first major difference is that these two plants, while sharing “titi” in their names, are not related. They each belong to different genus groups.
  • Neither of these shrubs bloom at the same time. In fact, this is where their seasonal names come into play, with spring titi blooming in spring and summer titi following suit with blloms appearing in summer.
  • Spring titi plants are safe for pollinating bees, whereas the summer titi nectar can be toxic.

There are other differences that can help you figure out howto tell spring and summer titi apart too.

  • Spring titi (Cliftonia monophyla) – Also known as black titi, buckwheat tree, ironwood, or cliftonia, produces clusters of white to pinkish white blooms in early spring. The fleshy, winged fruit resembles buckwheat. Depending on temperatures, the foliage turns scarlet in winter. Black titi is the smallest of the two, reaching mature heights of 15 to 20 feet (5-7 m.), with a spread of 8 to 12 feet (2-4 m.).
  • Summer titi (Cyrilla racemiflora) – Also known as red titi, swamp cyrilla or leatherwood, summer titi produces slender spikes of fragrant white flowers in summer. Fruit consists of yellow-brown capsules that last into the winter months. Depending on temperatures, the foliage may turn orange to maroon in fall. Red titi is a larger plant, reaching a height of 10 to 25 feet (3-8 m.), with a spread of 10 to 20 feet (3-6 m.).

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Mai Titi breaks into Nollywood

COMEDIENNE and socialite Felistas Edwards aka Mai Titi has penetrated Nigeria’s Nollywood after featuring in a new Sirbalo Comedy skit titled Sugar Mommy.

The skit was released on August 29 and is showing on both Mai Titi and Sirbalo Comedy social media pages.

“I am happy to have penetrated the Nigerian market which is one of the biggest and lucrative film markets on the continent,” Mai Titi said.

The mother of two told the Daily News more collaborative work with foreign actors is in the pipeline. “Most of my plans have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 national lockdown. Had it not been Covid-19, I would be far by now.”

Mai Titi charmed the Nigerians thanks to her recent Covid-19 skit.

“They approached me after the skit, telling me they were charmed by the level of talent I showcased there. From there, we started communicating until we decided to do a joint skit. Owing to travel restrictions, the skit was shot in Zimbabwe and Nigeria and then we did the editing,” Mai Titi said.

While Mai Titi has more than half a million followers on social media, the Nigerians (Sirbalo Comedy) have over two million.

Also known as Empress Feli 1 in the music industry, Mai Titi, apart from acting, has lined up some interesting collaborations with international musicians including Yondo Sister, among others.

Some of her music videos have received a fair share of airplay on international television channels such as Trace Africa TV, an Afro-pop music channel dedicated to airing the continent’s top music videos mainly from African musicians.

However, Mai Titi is more like the late Safirio Madzikatire aka Mukadota who was more popular as an actor than a musician.

Some of the songs by the Top Female Entertainment and Social Media Enterprise Business Leader of the Year award winner include Utange Neni, Makatendeka, Dzora Mwoyo, Kereke Dhukeke, Ndinouya Ikoko, I Miss You, Dzoka Undinyepere and Letting You Go featuring Kazz Khalif among others.

The long-tailed tit population is doing well and is thought to have roughly doubled since the 1970s. However, the loss of woodland and felling of trees threatens the species’ habitat.

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