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Beauty Berry Callicarpa americana A great wildlife shrub with a height of around six feet. The pink flowers in the spring, nectar sources for bees, fall off quickly and produce a berry that turns dark purple by fall. The purple berries and pale green leaves are a good contrast with an assortment of shrubs. Very shade tolerant and in most cases, drops its leaves right before spring.
Christmas Berry Lycium carolinianum A shrub along the marshes of the Indian River Lagoon, this salt and wind tolerant shrub produces light purple flowers and a red berry usually at the same time, a beautiful show during our winter months. The leaves, although small, are a light green which again is a nice contrast with most darker green shrubs. Can be sheared to desired height but naturally grows to around six feet.
Coral Bean Erythrina herbacea A small tree very drought and salt tolerant. Although considered a tree, the branches are sprawling and give a more shrub form. The brilliant red flowers in the early spring cannot be matched in adding color to ones garden. The plant drops its leaves which are also a unique shape in the winter and form the flower before the leaves appear again. Excellent plant for attracting hummingbirds.
Fiddlewood Citharexylum fruticosum A small tree with more of a shrub form in Brevard County. 6-8 feet in height or sheared to desired height. Produces fragrant white flowers for an excellent nectar source and berries for wildlife. This plant is evergreen, salt tolerant, withstands wind, and is cold tolerant to the high 20s.
Firebush Hamelia patens A shrub with red tubular clustered flowers for hummingbirds and butterfly nectar. The dark berries that follow the flowering are utilized by birds. The plant is not cold hardy but comes back quickly the following spring. The shrub can grow anywhere from 6 to 8 feet or be pruned to desired height.
Florida privet Foresteria segregata A small tree or sheared shrub form to desired height. This is an excellent plant for wildlife. The seed is consumed by birds and the flowers. The flowers, although not showy, are a good source of nectar. The plant drops a few leaves before the flowers appear, but for the most part is evergreen, salt tolerant, and can handle cold weather.
Gopher apple Licania michauxii Although used as a groundcover, this plant can reach shrub form if not mowed or pruned. Eventually covering a large area, the roots run underground and other plants form. The flower is showy in late spring and the fruit, which is eaten by the gopher tortoise and other wildlife, is around 1 to 2 inches, white with a lovely fragrance.
Necklace pod Sophora tomentosa a wonderful shrub for yellow color with pea-shaped blooms extending off the branches. This plant is considered a host plant for butterflies and moths. A smooth texture to its leaves gives a different texture in your landscape. This shrub looks good in mass plantings and withstands salt and wind. Pruning may be desired after shrub produces its long, beaded seed pod.
Red Star Hibiscus Hibiscus coccinea This perennial shrub puts out brilliant large red flowers in the summer. Best used with a combination of plants as it will die back in the winter. Height is around 6 feet with blooms at the top of branches.
Rougeplant Rivina humilis A wonderful plant for shady areas. The small cluster of white flowers fall and form clusters of red berries. The plant stays around 2 to 3 feet and trims well and produces new plants as the seeds drop.
Rusty Lyonia Lyonia ferruginea This plant grows in dry scrub or dry pine flatwoods. The same type of conditions in your yard will make this plant successful. The new growth puts out a rusty color (hence the name) which adds diversity to a planted area. This shrub may be sheared but prefers its desired height of around 8 to 10 feet as a specimen.
Saw palmetto Serenoa repens the best plant for nectar, wildlife food, coverage, and drought tolerance. The palmetto may be pruned to a clear trunk or left as is for natural planting areas. Covers a large area after fully grown. When revegetating for wildlife, plant individual plants far enough apart to receive full sun so more blooming (and thus fruiting) occurs.
Sea grape Coccoluba uvifera an excellent wind and salt tolerant shrub of our coastal areas. This shrub may be used as a specimen or hedge. Planted along dune lines it may help with erosion. Also excellent wildlife food and coverage.
Simpson stopper Myrcianthes fragrans a small tree that again can be sheared to shrub form. This plant is excellent for nectar and the birds consume the berries quickly. The plant is evergreen, salt tolerant, and found as far north as Volusia County.
Snowberry Chiococca alba A very salt tolerant shrub that grows sprawling branches but may be pruned to desired shape. The small white flowers drop and the brilliant white berries are then all over the plant, which gives its name. Utilized by birds, and seen inland around shell middens and coastal areas up to Brevard County.
Spanish stopper. Eugenia foetida A small tree or shrub of our coastal areas of Brevard County. May be used as a specimen or sheared for shrub form. Produces berries for wildlife and is evergreen. A more tropical stopper that will tolerate salt and temperatures to low 30s.
Varnish leaf Dodonaea viscosum a shrub to 5 feet in height. This plant is a good evergreen specimen plant. The flowers are not as showy as the clustered seeds that form a couple a time a year. The plant is cold tolerant to the high 20s and can handle salt and wind exposure.
Walters viburnum Viburnum obovatum A small tree or shear to desired shrub form. This cold hardy plant produces white, clustered flowers in February and seeds that are excellent bird food. This plant has strong branches for nesting and tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions. When planting a hedge, plant 3 to 4 feet on center.
Wild Coffee Psychotria nervosa A small evergreen shrub cold tolerant to the low 30s, this tropical shrub produces small clusters of white flowers. The plant prefers much shade and will flower and produce berries for wildlife. The plant height is around 4 to 5 feet and has a mounding effect.
Yaupon Holly Ilex vomitoria A small tree to 15 feet or a shrub when sheared, this small-leaved evergreen will produce red berries on the female plants in the wintertime. An excellent plant for coverage, wind tolerance, salt tolerance, and generally cold hardy.
Wax Myrtle Myrica cerifera a shrub to 25 feet in wet areas but adaptable to dry conditions with mulch and irrigation. This shrub is excellent nesting and cover for birds, and the seeds on the female plants are consumed as well. This shrub may be sheared to a desired height and withstands windy conditions but not a lot of salt. When planting as a hedge, plant 3-4 feet on center. As a specimen, it may be pruned to a single or multi-branch tree form.