Kopsia
Ochrosia elliptica

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ochrosia (oh-KROH-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: elliptica (ee-LIP-tih-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Rubbery-Textured

Red

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Boca Raton, Florida

Islamorada, Florida

Key Largo, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative

On Feb 24, 2007, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

A native of Australia, this species is listed in Florida (USA) as a
"Category II Invasive exotic"
...those plants that have increased in abundance or frequency
but have not yet altered Florida plant communities to the extent shown by Category I species.

Neutral

On May 17, 2003, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Ochrosia is a member of the Oleander, frangipani and vinca family. It is a small evergreen tree with leathery leaves. It produces an interesting but poisonous fruit. The fruit has a pit and smells like watermelon. The leaves are beautifully dark green and it makes a nice small shade tree.