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Chrysobalanus icaco 'Red Tip'

Family: Chrysobalanaceae
Genus: Chrysobalanus (kry-soh-BAL-an-us) (Info)
Species: icaco (eye-KAH-koh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Tip




Tropicals and Tender Perennials


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly







Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

By simple layering

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Boca Raton, Florida

Englewood, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Labelle, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida (2 reports)

Sarasota, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Venice, Florida

Summerville, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 27, 2013, gardenbysarasota from North Sarasota, FL wrote:

It's a great plant. Grows fast and does well here. The only
time it struggles a little bit is if there is an extreme cold
snap in the winter, but it always comes back.


On Nov 10, 2009, heykatydids from Lake Worth, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

this is a lovely low growing hedge type plant in this area - appears not to have any insect problems and requires little watering which is important in so fla


On Nov 23, 2008, kj1 from Cousine Island
Seychelles wrote:

This plant is highly invasive in tropical areas it is not native to. In the Seychelles the cocoplum is one of the number 1 problem plants. It is extremely difficult to eradicate and very little data is available on eradication. If it is not native to your area and you have a tropical climate, be extremely careful as this can get out of control very fast.


On Feb 5, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a variety of the Cocoplum (Chrysobalanus icaco), which is native to central and southern Florida. The 'Red Tip' variety, unlike the common all-green variety, has attractive red to scarlet or reddish-brown to pink (only new leaves are pink) leaves. Also, the 'Red Tip' variety is less cold-tolerant than the original, also native, all-green variety of Cocoplum. The 'Red Tip' does best in zones 10a, 10b, and 11, and in the very southern edges of zone 9b, while the all-green Cocoplum thrives in zones 9a through 11. The 'Red Tip' might die occasionally in freezes in zone 9b, unlike the hardier, more northernly all-green Cocoplum. The 'Red Tip' does best in southern Florida, while the original all-green Cocoplum does well like the 'Red Tip' in southern Florida, but unlike the 'Red Tip', ... read more