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PlantFiles: Myrsine
Myrsine guianensis

Family: Myrsinaceae
Genus: Myrsine (MER-sy-nee) (Info)
Species: guianensis (gee-uh-NEN-sis) (Info)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

This South Fl and the Keys native is a large shrub/small tree to 20. The bright green leaves are oblong to elliptical, alternate and frequently have recurved margins. The flowers are tiny, white with purple stripes that are in clusters. Fruit starts green progressing to purple blue with a single seed.


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

Big Pine Key, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Tampa, Florida

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