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PlantFiles: Locustberry
Byrsonima lucida

Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Byrsonima (bur-SO-nim-uh) (Info)
Species: lucida (loo-sid-uh) (Info)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive olddude On Jul 3, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

Can grow to 15'. Flowers are white or pink changing to yellow or roseish red. Fruit is a favorite of Key Deer.

Positive digforrestdig On Jun 5, 2010, digforrestdig from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:

This is a great south Florida tree if you want some privacy for its dense growth habit!! It even has pretty tricolored flowers that change from white to yellow to red. It even has edible fruit, but with a name like Locustberry I doubt is any good.

Positive MotherNature4 On Dec 17, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This shrubby tree is found in southernmost Florida, especially the Keys. It is Endangered in Florida.
It is a larval host and nectar plant for the the Florida Duskywing butterfly.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Key West, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Summerland Key, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)

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