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Coco Plum, Cocoplum
|Size:||10-30 ft tall by 10-20 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Fruit Color:||Unripe fruits pink maturing to purple-black|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Blooms and fruits throughout the year.|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance|
|Recommended Uses:||Hedges, specimen plants, screens.|
|Propagation:||Seed or hardwood cuttings.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, Quality nurseries|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- 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:||Clay, Sand|
|Soil pH:||Broadly tolerant|
Wildlife and birds consume the fruits though they areless useful for small birds due to itheir large size.
Provides dense cover.
Attracts various pollinators, especially bees.
|Native Habitats:||Coastal swamps, beaches, cypress dones, Everglades tree islands, edges of ditches and canals.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||Jelly is sometimes made from the fruits.|
Pasco County occurrence is a 2004 specimen from Anclote Key Preserve and is a potential indicator of northward migration due to global warming.