West Indian Cherry
Prunus myrtifolia

West Indian Cherry

The West Indian Cherry is native to the rocklands of Dade County. It normally grows to 35 feet and may reach 50 or more feet over many years.

It is tolerant of average soil yet prefers some organic matter to retain moisture and provide nutrients. Salt air will burn the leaves. West indian cherry is cold tolerant to eastern Martin County.

The white flowers appear in the fall while the berries ripen by the following summer. Both male and female flowers are found separately on the same tree. Wildlife eat the small cherries.

This is a nice specimen tree that is taller than wide. It has light green foliage and masses of sweet smelling white flowers that attract many pollinators.

Use this as an upper story tree and underplant with a background of mixed shrubs like marlberry, wild coffee, stoppers, saw palmetto, locust berry, Florida boxwood or blackbead. Plant the foreground with low plants so that the trunk is not hidden. Try snowberry, coontie, spider lily, or a variety of wildflowers.