En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?


Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Thursday - July 03, 2008

From: North Miami Beach, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Shrubs
Title: Identification of shrub in Florida
Answered by: Nan Hampton


Hello Mr. Smarty Plants, I have a question about identifying some bushes. The bushes I have seen through areas of Florida and they seem to be used most often as natural fences. These are the characteristics of the bush: grows to about 4-5 feet high, yield a white flower which produce berries (berries are not round like a blueberry but most resembles the shape of a pumpkin if one compresses it somewhat) Can you help me identify?


The best way for us to identify your plant is for you to send us photos. Visit the Ask Mr. Smarty Plants page to read the instructions (under "Plant Identification") for submitting photos. Please be sure to send photographs of the entire plant, a closeup of the leaves, a picture of how the leaves are arranged on a limb, a closeup of the berries, and a closeup of the flowers (if available).

I'm not sure whether the berries on your plant are red, blue, or some other color; but here are a few possibilities for you to look at with various berry colors:

Gaylussacia dumosa (dwarf huckleberry)

Ilex decidua (possumhaw)

Ilex glabra (inkberry)

Ilex myrtifolia (myrtle dahoon)

Ilex vomitoria (yaupon)

Photinia pyrifolia (red chokeberry)

Vaccinium myrsinites (shiny blueberry) and more photos and information

Gaylussacia dumosa

Ilex decidua

Ilex glabra

Ilex myrtifolia

Ilex vomitoria

Photinia pyrifolia

Vaccinium myrsinites



More Shrubs Questions

Hillside Erosion in Pace FL
July 17, 2015 - I have a hillside that slopes down about 10 feet to a spring fed pond. The pond drains into Escambia Bay. We have 2 dams with culverts to control the flow of water. Last year during a torrential ra...
view the full question and answer

Need small, fast growing trees for privacy screen in Buda, TX.
February 01, 2013 - Please recommend some small, but fast growing, flowering trees to plant along a western fence for privacy
view the full question and answer

Plants in bloom in April in Stuart FL
February 24, 2012 - Can you tell me which plants I might reasonably expect to see in bloom in April of this year?
view the full question and answer

Plants for shade, poor soil in Park Ridge NJ
June 17, 2010 - Hello! I live in far northeast New Jersey, by the New York state border. I am looking for plants for areas of my lawn that nothing currently grows in - due to shade and poor soil quality - very rocky,...
view the full question and answer

Juniperus Toxic to Pets?
October 15, 2013 - Are blue rug juniper plants toxic to dogs?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center