Guapira discolor

Blolly, Beefwood

Nyctaginaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:Red
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Showy fruits, Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Small tree or large shrub known for its shiny leaves. Can be used in difficult sites (such as road edges, spoil piles, etc.).
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- 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:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Seeds eaten by birds. Also provides cover.

Insects:
Native Habitats:Dry-moist sites. Tropical hammocks, pine rocklands, coastal rock flats, coastal hammocks. Understory shrub.

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

Comments

Ethnobotany:Once logged for its wood.
General Comments:Listed as endangered by the state of Florida.