Seagrape

Coccoloba uvifera

  • Origin: Florida Native
  • Height: 10’ - 50’ but can be taller
  • Spread: 3’ - 35’
  • Medium to large fast-growing shade tree in coastal areas, useful in buffer plantings, rounded crown, often branching close to the ground
  • Noted for showy fruits, wind resistance to hurricanes, fall color, interesting foliage
  • Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, can grow in nutrient poor soils
  • Leaves decompose slowly, so plant where leaf litter is not a problem
  • Moderate salt water tolerance, tolerates significant salt wind without injury with some protection, high drought tolerance, not cold tolerant if grown away from the coast, USDA hardiness zones 9B – 11
  • Attracts pollinators, birds and wildlife consume fruit
  • Fruit is edible with sweet-sour flavor sometimes used to make jams and jellies, possible to make wine from the fruit

Seagrape

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