Jacquinia keyensis

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Plant Specifics

Size:4-10 (15) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White, ivory
Fruit Color:Yellow,orange
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms intermittently spring-summer. Slow growing.
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant
Considerations:seeds are poisonous
Propagation:Seed. Do not store.
Availability:Native nurseries
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: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:Loam, Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



White-crowned pigeons and other birds feed on the fruits of joewood, and the plant provides significant cover for wildlife (Brown et al. undated)


Insect pollinators (thought to be bees and wasps seeking nectar). (EDIS).

Native Habitats:Dry sites. Coastal strand, coastal grassland, maritime hammock, pine rockland, coastal rock barren, rockland hammock.

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


General Comments:It is listed as Threatened by the State of Florida.