Resistance to direct sun, wind and draughts makes this shrub perfect for the UAE
The Coccoloba uvifera, or sea grape, is a hearty shrub and tree that thrives in direct sun, is wind resistant and highly tolerant of salt and draughts. Often used as either a stabiliser on beach edges or windbreakers, the fruit can be used to make jam or eaten directly from the tree itself. Locally, the Coccoloba uvifera makes for an excellent landscaping addition, often used as an informal hedge in places like resorts.
In late summer, the Coccoloba uvifera bears green fruits, which span about 2 centimetres in diameter each and cluster together like grapes. The fruit contains a large pit that constitutes most of its volume.
Once ripened, the fruit turns a purplish colour. Those looking to propagate by seeds should note that the seeds must be used immediately as they will not germinate after being kept in storage.