Myrsine cubana

myrsine, colicwood


Synonyms:  Rapanea punctata, Rapanea cubana

wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 8-20 ft    Width: 3-5 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white,NA
Fruit Color: fruit color      black
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Hedge or screen plant. Can be used on the edges of parking lots. Fairly narrow in form.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: circum-neutral


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Good wildlife shelter.
Native Habitats: Hammocks, pinelands, sloughs, seasonally flooded marshes in pine rocklands.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

It's quite hardy and tolerant of difficult environments.