Byrsonima lucida

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Locustberry, Long Key Locustberry


Plant Specifics

Size:5-15 (35) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink,red
Fruit Color:Orange
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms late winter - early summer. Fruits ripen late spring-summer.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant where its showy, multi-colored flowers can be seen. Use as a large shrub to small tree.  Works well planted in clusters.
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:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock
Soil pH:Calcareous



Good cover for birds, and birds and other wildlife enjoy the fruit.


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


General Comments:

Flower color varies, which gives the plant a multi-hued array of flowers.

Listed as Threatened in Florida