The Red Stopper (Eugenia rhombea) is a slow growing small shrub with deep purple fruit and diamond shaped leaves. Pollinators and foragers alike love the fragrant flowers and tasty fruit.
Also known as spiceberry for its orange and black edible fruits, Red Stopper makes a great accent shrub or small tree that can also be used as a buffer plant. White, semi-showy flowers are produced year-round but peak during summer months. Red Stopper’s ease of cultivation makes it abundant in nurseries around Southeastern Florida. Due to habitat destruction, it is unfortunately rarely seen in its native habitat throughout the Miami-Dade and Monroe counties of Florida. Planting Eugenia rhombea in your home garden may ensure its survival.
Rockland hammocks, native to Florida