Myrsine Cubana (Rapanea punctata)

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 Common Name Myrsine Cubana

Latin Name Rapanea punctata

Family Myrsinaceae

Native Yes

Zone 10A, 10B, 11

Height 8-20 Feet

Spread 3 to 5 Feet

Salt Water Tolerance Low

Salt Wind Tolerance High

Drought Tolerance Moderate

Soil Moist, well-drained limestone or sandy soils

Sun Full sun to light shade

Wildlife Attractant Birds and small ground dwelling animals; great cover

Main Uses

The Myrsine Cubana can be used for many different purposes. Reaching anywhere from 8-20 feet in height, it can be used as a screen in your landscape, or as a specimen tree due to its conspicuous fruit.  It grows in a narrow fashion, giving space for other plants or accent palms.  It can be exposed to full sun or partial shade, making the Myrsine a great option for many locations. It tolerates salt soils well, so feel free to plant in your coastal or hammock garden.

This shrub pairs very well with Wild Coffee, Bahama Coffee, Coontie, American Beautyberry, stoppers, and Jamaica Caper.


The Myrsine Cubana is considered a small to large shrub reaching 8-20 feet tall.  As mentioned above, it is a narrow shrub with a spread of 3 to 5 feet.  Its conspicuous fruit growing in clusters along its bare branches creates a very cool looking shrub.  Its leaves grow in clusters as well, mainly gathering on the tops of the branches.  The small greenish flowers follow the lead of the fruit, sprouting along the bark.

Wildlife Attractant

This shrub makes for great wildlife cover for birds and small ground dwelling wildlife.  

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