Coccoloba uvifera : Seagrape

On the front dunes of beaches, Seagrapes are usually large spreading shrubs.

Back of the dunes they can grow into understory trees.

In habited areas a Seagrape can become a canopy tree 25-30 ft tall and just as wide.

Seagrapes can also survive inundation with salt or brackish waters..

Male and female blooms are on separate trees, and both are needed for fruiting.

A stalk of flowers and ripening fruit. Purple ones are edible and delicious, tasting like a slightly salty sherry.

Occasionally, following a cold winter, the new spring leaves can be quite colorful.