Quadrella jamaicensis

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Jamaica Caper-tree


Also known as Capparis cynophallophora

Plant Specifics

Size:6 to 12 (18) ft tall by 6-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Flowers spring-summer. Fruits summer-fall. Moderately long-lived (Nelson 2003)
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Use as a specimen plant. Can also be used as a hedge.
Propagation:Seed (scarification required).
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- 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:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Neutral to calcareous (high pH)



Attracts birds


Attracts various pollinators.

Larval host for Florida white (Appias drusilla) butterflies.

Native Habitats:Dry sites. Coastal hammocks. Disturbed sites.

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:Flowers open white and rapidly turn pink.