Chrysobalanus icaco

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

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Coco Plum, Cocoplum


Plant Specifics

Size:10-30 ft tall by 10-20 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Unripe fruits pink maturing to purple-black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms and fruits throughout the year.
Habitats:Coastal swamps, beaches, cypress dones, Everglades tree islands, edges of ditches and canals.


Recommended Uses:Hedges, specimen plants, screens.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Sand



Wildlife and birds consume the fruits though they areless useful for small birds due to itheir large size.

Provides dense cover.

Attracts various pollinators, especially bees.