Genipa clusiifolia



Plant Specifics

Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Yellow,green,black
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant, hedge plant. Large shrub to small tree. Large, showy, shiny leaves.
Considerations: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.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  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:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



Mockingbirds 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
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Wood has been used for tools such as rifle handles. Fruit is edible when fully ripe (black), but not tasty to many people.
General Comments:Tolerant of salt spray, but not of inundation by salt water.