General Landscape Uses:
Accent shrub in the Florida Keys. Also buffer plantings.
Native plant nurseries. Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants
(561-540-6296) and in Homestead at Plant Creations Inc.
Medium shrub or rarely a small tree with a rounded crown. Bark pale gray or whitish. Leaves smooth, dark green, about 1-2 inches long.
About 8-12 feet in height or rarely more. Usually about as broad as tall.
Monroe County Keys; Bahamas and Cuba. In the Monroe County Keys, native from Big Pine Key to Key West. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist, well-drained limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Inconspicuous. Fragrant. Dioecious, with make and female flowers on different plants.
Spring-summer; peak in spring.
Can be grown from seed.
It closely resembles cocoplum (Chrysobalanus icaco). It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.