Wild Grape Tree – Coccoloba tuerckheimii

Wild Grape Tree, Coccoloba tuerckheimii, is an erect, attractive medium-sized fruit bearing tree, native to southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador. The Wild Grape Tree is widely grown in tropical and subtropical regions and generally reaches 7-20 meters in height. It makes an excellent specimen for coastal areas as it is resistant to high winds, salty conditions, and drought. It grows well near tidewater areas but also inland.

Coccoloba tuerckheimii leaves are alternate, large, leathery- shiny and obovate to broadly elliptic-oval, 20-45 cm long and 10-25 cm wide. Flowers are small, creamy-white, come into sigh in clusters/spikes in the leaf axils or at the end of the shoots followed by edible fruit.

Wild Grape Tree Fruit

Wild Grape Tree fruit is roundish, fleshy and purple to almost black when ripe, formed in grape like bunches. Fruit can be eaten fresh or used in cooking, pies, excellent in ice cream. The fruit is eaten by numerous wildlife species, particularly birds.

Wild Grape Tree Propagation Methods

Plant propagation is by seed. This tree is easy to grow from seeds and makes an excellent ornamental plant. It can be used as a landscape tree in urban environments. Coccoloba tuerckheimii is a member of the family Polygonaceae the genus Coccoloba.

Wild Grape Tree, Coccoloba tuerckheimii

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    Fruit and nut trees are special and unlike vegetables they will produce for a lot of years with a better return on effort than anything else in the garden.

    In addition to fruit and nut production these trees can be value for shade, timber and as a support for climbing plants. Their crops are good sources of minerals, vitamins, protein and fats and make the perfect snacks for kids.

    While the planting location of a tree is highly important for a successful production of fruit and nuts, when selecting a fruit tree or a nut tree from your local nursery, some additional factors you should consider are:

    tree shape and size
    taste, texture and use of fruit
    time of harvest season
    disease and pest resistance.

    Multi-Grafted trees are an alternative for small gardens where space is limited and several types of fruit are desired.

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