On Jun 25, 2008, Bartramsgarden from Trenton, FL wrote:
I have a zone 8b garden in north Florida near Gainesville. Two years ago I planted two Simpson's Stoppers by my carport under high shade. I watered then a little for a month or two, then proceeded to ignore them. They did not grow much the first year, but have grown close to 2 feet in the last year after establishing a root system. We had a very cold winter last year, with temperatures falling to 16 degrees F (on an accurate thermometer less than 10 feet away from the plants), and they were untouched. No flowers yet, but I'm still hopeful.
As a sidenote, they were planted adjacent to some existing boxwoods and the location has provided me with numerous opportunities to compare the two plants. I must say that I much prefer the look, feel and graceful habit of the stopper! This may be yet another instance when a native plant is a better choice than a commonly used non-native species.
On Jan 29, 2005, arielsadmirer from Margate, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
Simpson's Stopper is native to South Florida, the Keys and the Caribbean. This flowering and fruiting stopper is a member of the Myrtle family. It makes an ideal landscaping plant that needs little care. It is a dependable bloomer, as well as a favored nectar and fruit sources for many animals.
Its aromatic blooms appear regularly throughout the year. Butterflies and other nectar seeking insects are attracted to the flowers. The showy flowers are small, white powder puffs. They appear in masses that resemble foam.
Small, reddish-orange fruits follow. These edible fruits have a sweet, citrus-like flavor. Mockingbirds and other fruit eating birds relish therse berries. The name stopper refers to the traditional use of the fruit and bark as an anti-diarrheal.
Simpson's Stopper has beautiful red, peeling bark Because it's evergreen, it's not very messy. It will get up to 20' or taller. If left to grow naturally it will take on a vase shape, with many small trunks. No South Florida garden is complete without a tree from the stopper family.