Geobalanus oblongifolius

Gopher-apple

Chrysobalanaceae

Also known as Licania michauxii

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Yellow
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Groundcover in dry, sunny settings.
Propagation:Divide or plant from seed. Said to be difficult to transplant from field-divided material, but nursery grown plants are much easier to establish.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
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:Sand
Soil pH:Slightly acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

 Fruits are eaten by small mammals and gopher tortoises.

Insects:
  

Buckeye butterflies, rattlebox moths, wasps, and bees loved the flowers.  Bees are the primary pollinators. Documented bees include  Colletes sp. A, Agaposternon splendens, Augochlorella aurata, Augochloropsis metallica, A. sumptuosa, Dialictus nyinphalis, Sphecodes heraclei, Megachile brevispseudobrevis, Epeoluszonatus and Apis inellifera (Deyrup et al. 2002)

Native Habitats:Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, sandhill, dry secondary woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:Fruits are edible.
General Comments:High tolerance for salt spray (IFAS).