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Also known as Genipa clusiifolia, Genipa aculeata
|Size:||10-12 (25) ft tall by 15 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|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.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
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
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.