Vallesia antillana, Tear-shrub, Pearl Berry

Vallesia antillana

Tear-shrub, Pearl Berry
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Florida
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowers

Vallesia antillana, commonly known as the Tear-shrub, is a large shrub native to Florida growing up to 5-10 ft. tall. Grown in USDA zones 9-11, Vallesia antillana needs a semi-shaded spot to live and prefers a regular watering regime. In late spring and summer, the shrub will produce white and off-white flowers, which give way to white, nearly translucent drupes.

The plant can be grown in pots, so it can be a good choice for those living in cold regions. In such cases, Vallesia antillana should be taken inside during the winter and provided with bright light and adequate humidity. During the hot months, regular watering should be applied and fertilization should be done every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer. Pruning can be done, but only at the beginning of the growing season, to remove any dead or damaged stems.

When planting Vallesia antillana, be sure to choose an area with well-drained soil and adequate sun exposure. With the right care, the shrub can be expected to grow lush and beautiful, and set your garden wild with its delicate flowers.

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