Casasia clusiifolia



Synonyms:  Genipa clusiifolia

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-12 (25) ft    Width: 15 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color   fruit color      yellow,green,black
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant, hedge plant. Large shrub to small tree. Large, showy, shiny leaves.
Considerations: Mature fruits are not attractive (young fruits are nice looking)
Propagation: Male and female flowers on different plants, so need to plant both to get fruits.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


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  • Larval host for tantalus sphinx (Aellopus tantalus) moths
  • Nectar plant for mangrove skipper (Phocides pigmalion) and other butterflies.
Native Habitats: Coastal hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Wood has been used for tools such as rifle handles. Fruit is edible, but not tasty.

Other Comments:

Tolerant of salt spray, but not of inundation by salt water.