Prunus myrtifolia

West Indian Cherry

Rosaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brownish-orange
Phenology:
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Specimen tree, edge plant, or part of a clump of trees.
Propagation:Seed
Availability:Seed
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)

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Primarily dispersed by birds.  Other animals also eat the fruit.

Insects:
 

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

Comments

Ethnobotany:Fruits are not edible.
General Comments:Listed as Threatened by the FDACS.