Seagrape tree, Coccoloba uvifera, are commonly found on St. John’s
sheltered beaches growing at the edge of the sand. These seagrapes
can grow into a tall trees some as much as 30 feet high.
Seagrapes can also be found on windy exposed beaches and low hillsides.
They adapt to these windy conditions by taking the shape of squat
a low lying bushes.
sea grape clusters
The female sea grape grows grape-like clusters of fruit, which turn purple
when they are ripe. They can be eaten plain or made into preserves
or wine. You can write on the leaves with a sharp stick or pointed
object, a characteristic that led them to be used as playing cards
by early setters to the islands.