General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 5 to 20, even to 30 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 20 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Round red berry containing 2 seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Various insects

Common names
  • Simpson's Stopper
  • Twinberry
  • Naked-Wood

Photo Gallery
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-08-16
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Date: 2020-05-24
Exfoliating Bark
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Date: 2016-05-03
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Date: 2020-04-19
4 year old  tree
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2016-08-09
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Date: 2016-08-16
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2023-09-27
The Buffett is open!
Location: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida
Date: 2022-02-24
large shrub in motel court
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-08-16
Location: Martin County Florida
Date: April
I'm about to plant it
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2016-08-09
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 30, 2022 3:45 PM concerning plant:
    A good looking small to large shrub with fine texture that can be a small tree that is native to southern Florida. It has done well being planted in northern Florida and even good up to about Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Posted by terrafirma (NE. FL. - Zone 9a) on Jul 31, 2023 5:57 PM concerning plant:
    This small tree has been a huge hit for not only bees while in flower, but also birds. Once the berries have ripened, our Mockingbirds, and Cardinals have flocked to, and devoured the fruit. So fun to watch.
  • Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 17, 2011 5:49 PM concerning plant:
    This is a Florida native plant. Fast growth rate. Very tolerant of drought conditions, but can also be grown in moist conditions. Makes a nice screen/hedge or a fine small tree. Blooms off and on throughout the year with small "shaving brush" type, very fragrant flowers. The leaves are fragrant when crushed. Birds are attracted to the red berries. Requires no care once established. No problems with pests or diseases.
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