Myrsine cubana

Myrsine, Colicwood


Also known as Rapanea punctata, Rapanea cubana

Plant Specifics

Size:8-15 (30) ft tall by 3-8 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,NA
Fruit Color:Black
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Hedge or screen plant. Can be used on the edges of parking lots. Fairly narrow in form.
Propagation:Can be grown from seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
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), Sand
Soil pH:Circum-neutral



Good wildlife shelter.  Birds eat the fruits.

Native Habitats:Hammocks, pinelands, sloughs, seasonally flooded marshes in pine rocklands.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

It's quite hardy and tolerant of difficult environments.

The herbarium specimen from Wakulla County is from a natural area.  It is a 2012 specimen and could represent a range expansion.