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Coccoloba uvifera/Sea Grape


Foliage close-up

Grove of tropical trees

Pair of rounded leaves

Cluster of fruit

Foliage and fruit

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Scientific Name: Coccoloba uvifera
Common Name: Sea Grape
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Winter
Flower color: White, Pink
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Trees, Fruiting
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Leaves turn red and drop in winter. New leaves are a beautiful bronze color. The clusters of fruit ripen in summer and are used in making jellies. A high salt- and drought-tolerant species that can be used as a clipped hedge. Often promoted as an indoor plant, but really needs more light than most people can provide indoors. Otherwise expect a lot leaf drop. As an indoor plant, may have problems with mites, mealy bugs, and scale insects.