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Prunus myrtifolia, West Indian Cherry

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 Prunus myrtifolia
Family: Rosaceae
West Indian Cherry
Origin: Caribbean
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Decorative, small shade or specimen tree, getting up to 25 feet high. Produces fruits guaranteed to bring birds into your garden. Profuse clusters of tiny white flowers with yellow centers. A delicately agreeable fragrance floats over the surrounding area. Leaves when crushed have fruity smell. Birds enjoy the fruits, but taste of the fruit is not very appealing. West Indian Cherry is a component of hardwood hammocks throughout the Caribbean, with limited distribution in the pinelands of South Florida.

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