Vallesia antillana

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Pearl Berry, Tearshrub


Plant Specifics

Size:5-10. ft tall by 5-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:White
Noted for:Showy fruits, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Specimen shrub. Foliage is shiny, attractive. Grown mostly for its interesting, translucent fruits.
Propagation:De-pulped seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Part 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:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Alkaline


Native Habitats:Tropical rockland hammock, coastal rock barren, beach dune, coastal strand. Lower Keys only.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida and as critically imperiled in South Florida by The Institute for Regional Conservation.