From seashores of tropical America as
far north as southern Florida, this striking small tree can grow to
30 ft (9 m) high, usually with a single trunk and broad crown.
The glossy leaves are almost circular, about 8 in (20 cm) long, with
prominent white or pinkish veins; new leaves are an attractive
It produces erect 8-12 in (20-30 cm) spikes of small white flowers,
followed by green-spotted, edible purple fruit.
It grows in the forefront of beach and dune shrubs.
Flowering colors: White
Cultivation: These tropical plants do best in moist, well-drained
soil in full sun.
Some are highly adapted to seashore conditions.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.