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Variegated Sea Grape 'Albo-variegata'

Coccoloba uvifera

Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Coccoloba (koh-koh-LOW-buh) (Info)
Species: uvifera (oo-VEE-fer-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Albo-variegata



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


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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


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

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Grown for foliage






Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Fort Pierce, Florida

Jupiter, Florida

Miami, Florida

Frisco, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 20, 2016, Debbiel305 from Miami, FL wrote:

I purchased this plant, could only find it in small size. Even though it did have variegated leaves when it arrived (4) and 1 non variegated, it has lost the variegation completely now. What could I do to reverse it to being variegated again? Does anyone know where I could purchase one? Thanks, Debbie


On Mar 10, 2013, pniksch from Frisco, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Striking specimen. I grow this in containers, in zone 8a, far from its tropical home. Leaf variegation is not completely stable, and may need some pruning to keep it looking its best. Soil needs to be fast draining, yet hold adequate moisture, and wet soil during cooler winter months(like with many tropicals) can be fatal. Enough negativity! This plant has few rivals for leaf size, shape, texture, coloration and form- (new foliage boasts a nice orange/red tinge,in addition to the beautiful creamy light yellow/almost white variegation)and the structure of the plant itself is quite interesting. Worth the effort for those that can provide some extra TLC when trying to grow it in colder climates. I'd love to see what this beauty could do in its native climate range.


On Feb 28, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a variegated, green-and-white-leaf form of the non-variegated Coccoloba uvifera, which is native to coastal beaches and dunes of central and southern Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and tropical America. Both this and the non-variegated variety have been introduced to Hawaii and other tropical and subtropical areas worldwide.

Like the normal non-variegated variety, this variety of C. uvifera is drought and salt-tolerant but may require slightly more moist soil. It grows well outdoors in zones 9b through 11 (it is slightly less hardy than the common variety).