Eugenia rhombea

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Red Stopper, Spiceberry


Plant Specifics

Size:8 -12 ft tall by 6-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Orange,black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms spring-early summer. Fruits ripen in fall.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Small specimen tree or shrub. Understory tree. Grow as a large shrub or small tree.
Availability:Native nurseries, Quality nurseries, Seed
Light: 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:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



Birds and other wildlife consume fruit.


Attracts pollinators. 

Native Habitats:Shell mound, rockland hammock. Also in disturbed areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Listed as endangered in Florida. Please retain in the natural landscape and acquire in an environmentally conscientious manner.