seagrape Polygonaceae Coccoloba uvifera (L.) L. Listen to the Latin symbol: COUV Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, circular with a heart-shaped base, leathery and persistent, 5 to 11 inches long, dark green with a red or nearly yellow mid-vein, fuzzy below.
Flower: Not showy, borne on a narrow stalk, 10 to 12 inches long, appearing nearly any time of year.
Fruit: Round or egg-shaped, each about 1 inch long, initially pale green and turning pinkish when ripe, occurring on long, hanging clusters.
Twig: Stout, orangish brown.
Bark: Thin, smooth, light brown or gray, blotchy with orange patches.
Form: Small sprawling shrub near the coast but becomes a larger tree up to 50 feet tall farther inland.
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Additional Range Information:
Coccoloba uvifera is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting seagrape.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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