Apart from producing delicious fruit and plenty of it these trees have a spectacular appearance. They are very unusual having a plate-like waxy leaf that can reach up to 20cm in diameter. On a hot day the leaves make an ideal fan. They are very tough, require little maintenance and don't mind sandy soil and salt spray. They are mostly found growing along the seaside and enjoy the strong light reflected from the water. While the Sea Grape is most often found growing as a spreading shrub or small tree, it has been seen to grow up to 10m in a littoral rainforest environment. The fruit itself is grape like although a bit tougher than the ordinary grape and it has one large seed as opposed to several small ones. They remain green and hard for a long time but eventually one by one they change to their mature deep purple colour. They hang in bunches, each one with a single seed, and are about the size of regular grapes. When fully mature, they become soft and have a sweet-sour taste making them great for use in jams and jellies. It is possible to make an alcoholic beverage made from the grapes, similar to wine. The resin of the bark is used in tanning and dying. The wood is used to make furniture and as fuel. The flowers are small, fragrant, and 5-pointed with flaring white petals. The male and female flowers occuron different plants (dioecious) and therefore require each other for cross pollination. If planting this for fruit production it is advisable to plant a few and cull out all but one of the male plants as they are identified.
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Plant Information or Specifications
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
3 Plants (Male and Female)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Suitability in Pots
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
Can be pruned to 2m
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
Moderately Alkaline (7.4-8.0)
Customer Comments on Sea Grape
Do you have any se grapes recipes | Tintz Cooper - Green Turtle Cay , BAHAM 23-Oct-2008
Sea Grapes grow best in sand. We live on the east coast barrier island in Melbourne, FL and a sea grape plant will grow 5-6'+ a year. No fertilizer is needed here if watered with ground well (very hard) water. | Tony D - Indialantic, FL 10-Sep-2010
Trimming branches are best dried and used on the barbeque for wood cooking fish - a practice we learned in the bahamas. A wonderful flavor !!! | Tony D - Indialantic, FL 10-Sep-2010
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