Randia aculeata

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White Indigo Berry


Plant Specifics

Size:3-10 ft tall by 3-6 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Evergreen. Flowers year round. Life span estimated to be <50 yrs (Nelson 2003).
Noted for:Showy fruits, Interesting foliage, Thorns


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant. Shrub border or foundation plant. Will tolerate shearing. Valued for its shiny foliage and dense branching.
Considerations:Often produces spines at the bases of leaves.
Propagation:Can be grown from de-pulped seed and cuttings. Scatter seeds over soil and barely cover. Place in light shade. Transplant into liners after first true leaves emerge. (IRC)
Availability:Native nurseries
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: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).
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Fruits attract birds.

Also used for cover.


Nectar plant for Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus) and other butterflies.

Larval host plant for tantalus sphinx (Aellopus tantalus) moths.

Native Habitats:Edges of coastal hammocks, pine rocklands, rocky flats.

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:Fruit is a white berry with indigo pulp.