Eugenia axillaris

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White Stopper


Plant Specifics

Size:10 to 15 (30) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red,black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms year round with a peak in spring-summer.
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Hedge or screen.
Considerations:Some say that it has a skunky odor, others cannot smell it.
Propagation:De-pulped seed.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:



Provides cover for wildlife ( 


Attracts pollinators, especially bees and moths.

Larval host for tantalus sphinx ((Aellopos tantalus)

Native Habitats:Coastal hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Fruits edible. Bark emulsions said to be a cure for diarrhea.
General Comments:Fruits are edible.