Quadrella jamaicensis

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

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


Recommended Uses:Use as a specimen plant. Can also be used as a hedge.
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 occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil/Substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand



Attracts birds

Attracts various pollinators.

Larval host for Florida white (Appias drusilla) butterflies.