The sea grape tree is native to the West Indies, the eastern coasts of Central America and the Northeastern coasts of South America.
It can reach up to 30 feet (10 m) in height, but is generally smaller, as it often grows in coastal areas where winds tend to suppress the size of the tree .
Growing Grapes from Cuttings
Since grapes are prolific growers, it is easy to get hold of cuttings. In the growing season, when the plants are actively putting out new shoots they are called “green wood” cuttings.
During the season, when plants are dormant, you will be growing grapes from “hardwood” cuttings.
In a northern climate like mine, Sea Grape Plant prefers partial shade. It is most comfortable in indirect light or dappled sunlight.
However – in coastal areas, full sun and partial shade will do just fine.
Sea Grape Bonsai Tree – Coccoloba uvifera
The Sea Grape Bonsai Tree or Coccoloba uvifera is a member of the buckwheat family and is considered an evergreen flowering tree (link to the evergreen page) colored flowers. It has round, leathery leaves with a red vein running through the base of the leaves. It can be propagated by planting seeds or by cloning.
This vein turns red on the leaf as it ages. It also has smooth yellow bark and grows purple, grape-like fruit that can be eaten. However, it rarely produces fruit when grown indoors. If you get fruit from it, you can make it into a jelly or jam if you want or eat it raw.
Sea Grape Pruning
How do you prune a sea grape tree? The answer is yes if you are patient and have the necessary skills. Seaweed can be clipped into a hedge, screen or windbreak. As a result, the trunk is exposed, and the tree becomes attractive. It is commonly planted on shorelines to help control dune erosion. The leaves are round, broad, and evergreen in appearance. Sea grapes can be difficult to manage when grown on paved surfaces, so it is best to plant them well away from paved surfaces or spray the debris with a hose. A mature shrub can reach a height of 6 to 8 feet and a width of 24 feet if it has spreading branches. Alternatively, it can be cut to a multi-trunk or a single trunk and left to grow to a height of 20 or 25 feet after a few years. A full day is best in part.