Jaquinia keyensis

A very slow growing shrub or small tree of the Florida Keys. Usually grows from four to 10 feet tall in a round shape with interesting twisting branches.

Flowers are very fragrant and occur during the summer in creamy masses. These are followed by pea sized yellow or orange red berries that are important wildlife food.

It naturally occurs in the zone between the mangroves and hammock in the Florida Keys and is tolerant of salt air, short periods of salt water flooding and sandy or calcium rich soil.

Grows well in Palm Beach County with a little organic matter in the soil and full sun. The bark is mottled white and the shape is like a bonsia. This tree must be placed where it will be noticed. Mix with any of the Keys thatch palms, quail berry, coontie, lignum vitae, rocks, or just gravel or mulch. Let it stand out and not be hidden by other matterial.

The growth is slow so give it good fertilizer, lots of sun and a rich organic soil and this plant will become one of your most prized.