Casasia clusiifolia

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Also known as Genipa clusiifolia, Genipa aculeata

Plant Specifics

Size:10-12 (25) ft tall by 15 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Yellow,green,black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms year round.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant, hedge plant. Large shrub to small tree. Large, showy, shiny leaves.

Dioecious (separate male and female plants), so both male and female are required to get fruits.

Mature fruits are not attractive (young fruits are nice looking)

Propagation:Male and female flowers on different plants, so need to plant both to get fruits.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



Fruit is eaten by birds and mammals.  Mockingbirds specifically are reported to enjoy the fruits.


Larval host plant for tantalus sphinx (Aellopus tantalus) moths.

Nectar plant for mangrove skipper (Phocides pigmalion) and other butterflies.

Native Habitats:Coastal hammocks.

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



Wood has been used for tools such as rifle handles.

Fruit is edible when fully ripe (black), but not tasty to many people.