Jamaica Caper (Capparis cynophallophora L.)
Common Name Jamaica Caper
Latin Name Capparis cynophallophora L.
Zone 10A, 10B, 11
Height Small shrub up to 20 Feet
Spread 8-10 Feet
Salt Water Tolerance Low
Salt Wind Tolerance High
Drought Tolerance High
Soil Moist, well-drained limestone or sandy soils, with humusy top layer
Sun Full sun to light shade
Wildlife Attractant Larval host plant for Florida White Butterflies
The Jamaica Caper can be used as accent or specimen trees, as well as an informal hedge.
This unique plant, the Jamaica Caper, offers a wonderfully fragrant white bloom, of which turns pink within hours of opening. The flowers are mostly composed of long stamens, looking almost as if they are bursting firecrackers. Their smell is so sweet that it will emanate throughout your garden.
The Jamaica Caper fruit also lends to its uniqueness in that they are composed of 4-6" long brown seed pods. Once they split open, they reveal a beautiful red interior of which holds shiny brown seeds.
Its bloom season spans from April through August, and can be found in coastal hammocks of southern Florida and tropical America.
The Jamaica Caper attracts Florida White Butterflies, and acts as a food source and covering for wildlife