White stopper
Eugenia axillaris

White Stopper

White stopper is found along the coast and in inland hammocks from the Keys through Volusia County. Although it may reach a height of 30 feet, most are 12 feet or can be trimmed to much less.

It is tolerant of salt air when planted in back of other vegetation and can withstand a short period of salt water flooding after a storm. Drought tolerant once established.

Prefers rich hammock soil and can be planted under trees. The masses of small white flowers are fragrant in the spring and are followed by green to red to black edible berries which are favored by birds in late winter. The growth is upright and narrow.

Mix with any coastal or hammock species in sun or deep shade. A deep shade mix includes: marlberry, wild coffee, native plumbago or leadwort, snowberry and lancewood as an understory tree.

Some people think the foliage smells like a skunk, yet it is more of a faint fragrance of coffee and reminds one of the natural smell of the hammock forest.

I find that a thicket of several oddly spaced plants looks natural and will provide a screened, private place to sit.