The white indigo berry bush, randia aculeata, is a native to the Caribbean Islands, Florida, Mexico, South and Central America. It's a slow growing, drought & hurricane tolerant evergreen that is a great privacy plant for residential landscaping. It grows anywhere between 6 to 12 ft high. The birds love to eat the berries as well as nest in the thicket of the bush. Butterflies, moths & bees love the nectar from the blossoms and according to Green Deane, it's one of only a few white berries that are edible though not very tasty. It's also used as a Christmas tree throughout Mexico and the Virgin Islands.
Here are a few pictures of our bush in bloom, I'm guessing it's about 10ft high right now.
|Our white indigo berry bush in bloom|
|It was very difficult to get a good photograph of it since it was so bright out with the white flowers.|
|I captured a honeybee in this photo :)|
|This photo shows you how big it's grown covered in white flowers dropping like snow.|
|This is what our white indigo berry bush looks like now in mid July.|
|Where there once were white sweet smelling tiny flowers, now there are gnarly looking brown leftovers.|
|Our white indigo berry bush today...now that I'm looking at it, it's probably taller than my previous estimate of 10 ft high, the wood fence is 6 ft high...where's my tape measure...lol!|
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