University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Sea Grape (Coccoloba uvifera)

The sea grape is an evergreen tree or sprawling shrub with an irregularly branched trunk that can reach a height of 20 to 30 feet. The canopy is rounded and loosely spreading. It has large, round, leathery leaves, up to 10 inches in diameter, with a reddish primary vein extending from the base. The inconspicuous ivory flowers are produced on foot-long racemes. The edible round fruits, which can be up to 3/4 inch in diameter, are borne in dense green grape-like clusters, ripening to a deep purple in late summer.