Soldierwood [Colubrina elliptica] tropical live fruit tree 12″-24″


Soldierwood  tree :
Colubrina elliptica is an excellent choice for coastal landscapes, where its tolerance to salt spray and wind, as well as its attractive foliage and ecological benefits, make it a valuable addition. While its fruits may not be suitable for human consumption, the tree provides habitat and food for local wildlife, contributing to the biodiversity of the ecosystem. Whether planted in the ground or grown in containers, Colubrina elliptica adds beauty and resilience to gardens and landscapes in tropical and subtropical regions.


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Colubrina elliptica:

Colubrina elliptica, commonly known as the Soldierwood or Coffee Colubrina, is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree native to coastal areas of Florida, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It belongs to the Rhamnaceae family and typically grows to a height of 15 to 30 feet, although it can occasionally reach up to 40 feet in optimal conditions. The tree has a rounded canopy with dense foliage, featuring dark green, elliptical leaves arranged alternately along its branches. In late spring to early summer, the tree produces small, inconspicuous greenish-white flowers that give way to clusters of round, berry-like fruits.

The fruits of Colubrina elliptica are small, round, and reddish-brown when mature, resembling miniature coffee beans. While technically edible, the fruits are not commonly consumed due to their bitter taste. However, they are an important food source for various wildlife species, including birds and small mammals. The tree’s fruits are not typically grown for human consumption but rather for their ornamental value and ecological importance in supporting local wildlife populations.

Tree Care:
Colubrina elliptica thrives in a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or rocky soils, as long as they are well-drained. It prefers full sun to partial shade and is tolerant of coastal conditions, including salt spray and windy environments. Once established, the tree is relatively low-maintenance and drought-tolerant, requiring little supplemental watering. Pruning may be necessary to maintain a desired shape or remove dead or damaged branches. This tree is suitable for tropical and subtropical climates and can withstand occasional frosts once established.

Interesting Fact:
The wood of Colubrina elliptica, known as soldierwood, is prized for its strength and durability. Historically, it has been used to make tool handles, fence posts, and other items requiring sturdy construction. Additionally, various parts of the tree have been used in traditional medicine by indigenous peoples throughout its native range.

Growing in Containers:
While Colubrina elliptica is primarily grown as a landscape tree, it can also be cultivated in containers, especially in regions where it may be susceptible to frost damage. Choose a large container with adequate drainage holes and fill it with a well-draining potting mix. Place the container in a sunny location, such as a patio or balcony, and water the tree regularly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Fertilize container-grown Colubrina elliptica with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season to promote healthy growth.

Additional information

Soil or Not

Plastic Bag + soil, No Soil


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