Sea Grape (Coccoloba uvifera)

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What screams Florida coastline better than their native friend, the Sea Grape? Sea Grapes are a perennial fruiting shrub from the buckwheat family and are native to Florida, the Caribbean, South America, and the West Indies.  Sea Grape plants can be found in coastal hammocks and landscapes from central Florida southward.  

Tolerant to just about anything a shoreline can throw, be it salt, wind or hot summer sun, the sea grape thrives and holds its ground. Literally, being one of the best shoreline erosion controllers on the sand. These signature backdrops make noteworthy beach hedges. They bear large red-veined (more so when younger) ornamental leaves, historically used by sailors as natural notepads to document their on-shore explorations. Sea Grape leaves can measure up to 10 inches around.  That could be an entire treasure map! 

Your garden is just waiting for you to write it a love note on the Sea Grapes leaves!

Plant Type
Evergreen Fruit Tree / Shrub

Harvest Season
Summer, Fall 

Mature Size
6-15 ft tall and wide

Soil & Moisture
Thrives in sandy, well-draining soil. Water regularly until well-established. Mature plants can be drought tolerant. Very tolerant of salinity. 

Light Requirements
Full Sun

Self-Fertile
No, Sea Grape plants are dioecious, meaning they require male and female plants to produce fruit. We recommend growing at least two or more plants for the best chance of fruit production!

Growth Rate
Medium

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Requires frost protection when young. Mature established plants are able to survive temperatures down to 22 degrees

Propagation
Tissue culture

Small: 2" Peat Pots
Medium: 4" Coconut Coir Pot
Large: 6" Peat Pot
X-Large: 8-10" Pot 
Citrus: 4x14" Pot

View Full Plantable Pot Size & Materials Guide Here 

When to Harvest Sea Grapes

The marble-sized fruits of the Sea Grape have been known for their musky, acid-sweet flesh and gigantic pits. When ripe and purple, you can use the Sea Grape fruit for jams, sorbets and even wine! When harvesting Sea Grapes for your own fresh-foraged snack throughout Summer and Fall, remember the deeper the purple the riper the fruit and better the flavor!

Only partly ripe Sea Grapes, however, have a pretty unassuming flavor, but they could their own unique purpose as pellets to fend off seagulls from your beach picnic.