The Paradise Tree is a drought and salt-tolerant tree native to the coastal hammocks of South Florida. It grows in full sun or partial shade in almost any well-drained soil. Paradise Tree quickly forms a dense, rounded canopy with a mature height of up to 50’ with a spread of up to 30’. New growth emerges with tinges of red or gold and the edible purple fruits are attractive to birds. No pests or diseases are of major concern.
Head’s up: Plant the Paradise Tree away from sidewalks, driveways and patios to avoid staining of hard surfaces by any falling fruits that the birds may have missed. Mulch the tree and under-plant with a ground cover that won’t require mowing to avoid any potential impacts with surface roots.