Prunus myrtifolia

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West Indian Cherry


Plant Specifics

Size:25-35 (50) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brownish-orange
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms fall-winter.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree, edge plant, or part of a clump of trees.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- 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:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



Primarily dispersed by birds but other animals also eat the fruit.


Pollinated by bees.

Native Habitats:Tropical rockland hammock, pine rockland.

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


Ethnobotany:Fruits are not edible.  Leaves and seeds are poisonous to humans.
General Comments:Listed as Threatened by the FDACS.