Gopher Apple – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month

Gopher Apple

Licania michauxii

blooms of gopher apple plant


Gopher apple is a low-growing woody shrub that aptly received it’s name since as an important food source for gopher tortoises. The fruit is also edible to humans but virtually tasteless. You’ll find this plant occurring in Florida sandhills, pine and scrubby flatwoods, scrub, coastal dunes, and pine rocklands.

Blooms typically appear spring through summer but can be present year-round. Flowers are small, creamy white. Leaves are leathery, stiff, and oblong with fine but obvious venation.

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Posted: September 1, 2023

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Natural Resources, NFLAG, Wild Weeds

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