Red-tipped cocoplum, a South Florida native, is a standout texture plant (and shouldn’t be confused with Natal plum which is covered with prominent thorns). Not only does its natural look work in any home landscape, but you can also use its edible fruit to make tasty jams or jellies. Interestingly, the leaves and bark have been used for centuries to cure a variety of ailments. In some regions, the nut inside the fruit (technically a drupe) has been used in candles, soaps, axle grease or as an almond oil substitute.
The cocoplum’s dense form (all the way to the ground) makes it a great selection for a formal hedge or a casual privacy screen. It can grow up to about 15 feet; however, in most landscapes it’s kept trimmed to about three or four feet. Moderately salt tolerant, these evergreens need the warmth of southern Florida with full sun to make its most colorful impact. Plant your cocoplums around tall palms; along a walkway; around your patio or as a lush hedge. Regardless of your choice, you’ll be treated to a beautiful display of pale pink to deep burgundy or bronze leaves on new growth.
We invite you to find the perfect sunny spot in your landscape for this versatile plant. Or, call ArtisTree’s design studio to schedule a free consultation on your landscape renovation needs.