Myrcia neopallens

Pale Lidflower, Spicewood


Also known as Calyptranthes pallens

Plant Specifics

Size:10-20 ft tall by 5-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red,purple,black
Noted for:Aroma, Fragrance, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Useful as a screen or hedge plant. Typically used in natural landscapes. Used for dense foliage and shiny leaves.
Considerations:Plants tend to have many stems, but can be pruned to a single trunk.
Propagation:De-pulped seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat 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:Lime rock
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



  • Birds and consume the fruit.
  • Provides cover.

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


General Comments:

Foliage may be fragrant.

Listed as Threatened by the state of Florida.  Please acquire only from reputable suppliers with appropriate permits and licenses.