Two Perfect Additions To Your Garden
Not only are these native plants a beautiful addition to any garden, they provide a sense of place. Below you will find two perfect additions to your garden:
Byrsonima Lucida (Locust Berry)
Locust Berry is a Florida native small tree or shrub, typically 5 – 15 feet tall, but can grow taller. It has an irregular, rounded or flat-topped, moderately dense crown.
Trunks are usually short, with numerous ascending branches; bark thin, pale brown. Often a host to epiphytes.
Leaves are green or blue-green, evergreen, opposite or sub opposite, leathery, smooth, glossy above but dull below and 1 – 1 1/2 inches long.
Flowers borne in clusters, showy blooms change color from white to pink to crimson, and attract butterflies.
Fruits are round, 1/2 inch long, pea-sized, fleshy, green ripening to red and attract birds. Fruits are edible and persist on the tree.
The plant is grown from seed. Bark and fruits have medicinal use. Locust berry is adapted to different types of well-drained soils; it benefits from pruning. Usually not affected by pests.
In addition to its value as a land reclamation plant, locust berry’s handsome foliage, flowers and fruits, make it effective as specimen plant, screen, border planting and native plant species for parks and gardens. It is threatened in the wild in Florida because of habitat loss.
Coccothrinax Argentata (Florida Silver Palm, Silver Thatch Palm)
The Florida Silver Palm is but one of about 50 species of coccothrinax palms originating from the west Indian region. The species name argentata means silvery.
Its native habitat is pine rock lands and coastal hammocks; wild palms are threatened and rare in the wild in florida.
This palm is typically 8 feet or less in height, but it can reach 30 feet under ideal conditions. The slender trunk has its upper portion covered with webbed fibers. It has an open crown of large deeply divided fan-shaped leaves, up to 3 feet wide, with drooping segments.
Leaves are dark green above and silvery white below, presenting a striking appearance when they move in the wind.
Fragrant flowers are borne in white clusters, producing purple to black fruits about 3/8 inch in diameter, eaten by birds.
It can be grown from seed. This palm does well in poorer soils providing they are well-drained and prefers open sites
Leaves can be used to weave baskets. In landscapes, the palm is a handsome accent or specimen plant and can withstand coastal exposure to salt and wind.
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