'Florida Sumatra' is a very old variety that was historically shade grown and used to make excellent quality cigar wrapper leaves. It is fast maturing and grows four to six feet in height.
In a 1925 edition of Suniland Magazine, we found the following reference to this variety's development:
"The innovation [sic - growing under shade] was an immediate and a pronounced success, the first shade tobacco selling for more than $4 a pound, as against an average price of forty cents a pound for the sun variety. In 1917, by the way, the tobacco was further shaded by the addition of cheese cloth to the wooden slats, so that today Florida Sumatra leaf tobacco compares favorably in texture and quality with the imported variety."
My stock is grown from USDA accession number PI 552631.