Byrsonima lucida

Locustberry, Long Key Locustberry

Malpighiaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink,red
Fruit Color:Orange
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Specimen plant where its showy, multi-colored flowers can be seen. Use as a large shrub to small tree.
Propagation:Seed
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Good cover for birds, and birds enjoy the fruit.

Insects:
  

Larval host for the Florida Duskywing (Ephyriades brunneus). Nectar plant for a variety of butterflies.

Native Habitats:Pine rockland, rockland hammock.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:Flower color varies, which gives the plant a multi-hued array of flowers. This species is listed as Threatened in Florida