Eugenia foetida

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Spanish Stopper, Boxleaf Stopper


Plant Specifics

Size:12-15 (36) ft.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown,black
Phenology:Evergreen. Flowers in summer. Fruits ripen in fall.
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Used as a foundation or hedge plant. Large shrub to small tree. Can also be used as a specimen plant.
Propagation:De-pulped seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Quality nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- 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: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:Alkaline



 Birds and other wildlife consume fruit. Provides good cover.


Attracts pollinators.

Native Habitats:Coastal hammocks, 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