Eugenia axillaris (Sw.) Willd.
Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family)
Synonym(s): Eugenia anthera, Myrtus axillaris
USDA Symbol: EUAX
White stopper is a small, evergreen tree or shrub, 20-24 ft. tall, with a slender trunk and well-shaped crown. New leaves are bright red but turn glossy, dark-green on the upper surface as they develop. Small, fragrant, inconspicuous, white flowers arise from leaf axils and are followed by 1/2 in. diameter berries ripening from green to black.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Native Distribution: S. FL Gulf Coast
Native Habitat: Coastal hammocks & sandy areas; rarely inland
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Blooms intermittently all year, though the primary bloom period is summer.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Eugenia axillaris is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Tantalus sphinx |
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PropagationDescription: White stopper can be grown from seed. Seed takes several weeks to germinate.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Native Plant Nursery - Sanibel, FL
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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Research LiteratureReslit 695 - Responses of twelve tree species common in Everglades tree islands to simulated hydrologic regimes (2006) D. T. Jones, J. P. Sah, M. S. Ross, S. F. Oberbaue...
Reslit 1786 - The taxonomic significance of leaf micromorphology in the genus Eugenia L (Myrtaceae) (1996) N. W. Haron and D. M. Moore
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Eugenia axillaris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eugenia axillaris in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff