Stopper, and Red Stopper. Eugenia species are native to Florida, and they are
small, erect, and attractive evergreen/shrub trees. These stoppers thrive under
different ranges of soils, and their fruits are very enticing to birds, making these
stoppers great to grow near a feeder or bird bath.
Myrcianthes fragans is the best known of all stoppers known also as the Simpson
Stopper. This stopper is the most cold tolerant tree out of all the stoppers. It has
a gorgeous flaking bark, and fragrant white flowers as well as the ripe orange-red
berries that follow. Simpson stoppers prefer neutral to slightly alkaline soil, but
are very adaptable to any.
Why are they named STOPPER, you might ask? This name was derived from
the use of it’s leaves to make tea to stop the runs. We also like to think they’re
called “stoppers” because they are truly SHOW-STOPPING! Come see them