Vallesia antillana

Pearlberry

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Description

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Pearlberry is a small tree or shrub native to florida. The common name derives from the round white fruit it bears which resembles pearls. Leaves are simple, elliptical to obovate in shape, about 3 inches long with a shiny attractive appearance. Furthermore, the star-shaped flowers are tubular and white, borne opposite a leaf. Meanwhile, the fruits are white and translucent and measure 3/4 inches long. Additionally, the fruit contains a single ribbed seed. Branches are slightly droopy. The bark is pale in color and furrowed.

Furthermore, Pearlberry is tolerant of drought and salt. It grows naturally in coastal hammocks in humus-rich soils. Propagated from de-pulped seeds. This plant is distinctive because it bears fruits and flowers at the same time throughout the year, hence is an excellent accent plant. Pearlberry has medicinal properties and is used in the Bahamas to treat gastrointestinal ailments. Wild populations of the plant in Florida are endangered and should be protected.

Additional information

Gallons

25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

Common Name

Pearlberry

Florida Native

Yes, FL Native

Flowering Season

All Year

Salt Tolerance

Moderate Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Moderate Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Very Slow Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Bright Shade

Flower Color

White