The unusual texture of sea grape, with its big rounded leaves on upright branches, makes it an interesting and handsome large shrub for a South Florida. The sea grape is an evergreen large shrub or small tree that is common. The leaves are about 8" in diameter with a large, reddish center vein.
The large, almost circular, broad, leathery, evergreen leaves of Seagrape have distinctive red veins. The leaves frequently turn completely red before they fall in winter. The new young foliage is a beautiful bronze color which is set off nicely against the dark green, shiny leaves.
Besides their amazing taste, the Seagrape fruits and leaves have a number of medical uses.
They are known to reduce inflammation, cure intestinal issues and even lighten up the skin. A decoction made from the leaves can be used to clean wounds and as a cure for asthma.