Locustberry
Byrsonima lucida

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

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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.