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Specimen or hedge plant. Also works well in informal background thickets.
This species is cold sensitive and will die back in freezes. The roots usually survive.
Readily available from native nurseries. Easily transplanted. May sucker and suckers can be moved. Readily grows from seed.
Plants sold at big box stores are usually not the native variety.
Excellent hummingbird and zebrawing attractant. Birds and small mammals use the fruits.
Dry sites. Coastal forests, upland forests, hammocks.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Closely related plants occur in the Caribbean and Central America. Yellow or orange fruited plants are not the Florida native.