Coccoloba uvifera



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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-50 ft    Width: 3-35 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      green,black
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy fruits, hurricane wind resistance, fall color, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Works well as a specimen plant. Its thick, large leaves make it stand out from most other plants in the landscape.

Very useful in settings subject to salt spray.
Considerations: Fast growing, tends to sprawl. Very cold sensitive if planted inland from the coast even in the counties noted as its range. Unless cold is extreme, it will sprout back from the root.

May be damaged by hurricanes, but sprouts back quickly. Leaves take a long time to decompose, so plant where leaf litter is not a problem.
Propagation: Layering, seed.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


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Attracts pollinators. Birds and other wildlife consume fruit.
Native Habitats: Coastal uplands

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Fruits are edible with sweet-sour flavor sometimes used to make jams and jellies. It is possible to make wine from the fruits.

The resin of the bark has been used in tanning and dying.

Other Comments:

Can be pruned.