Jamaican caper is a small to medium-sized tree or shrub; it is one of the approximately 300 species of capparis, which includes the mediterranean shrub which produces capers, the condiment pickled edible flower buds. It grows wild in florida in dry coastal scrubs and hammock where it forms thickets; it is classified as endangered in the state and should be protected. Jamaican caper grows to a height of 8-15 feet and is compact, upright and oval or broadly triangular in shape, with many small branches. Its thin smooth bark is dark gray or brown, becoming fissured as it ages. Leaves are small, oblong to elliptical in shape, simple, entire, alternate, dark green, evergreen, leathery and measure 2 - 4 x 3/4 - 1 1/4 inches. The leaf underside is covered with tan-colored scales. Colorful, aromatic flowers are borne on twig ends, first white then pink to violet in color, with distinctive protruding stamens up to 1 1/2 inches long. Flowers attract several insect pollinators, including honey bees. Fruits are pods borne on thin stalks, 4 - 12 inches long, constricted between the small brownish seeds, which attract birds. Spontaneous seedlings grow beneath the tree. Jamaican caper in cultivation is considered to be low maintenance in well-drained soil and has no serious pests. It is an attractive choice for patios, parking lot islands and roadway medians, as well as a specimen tree and an effective screening plant in shrub form. It does well in containers and can be pruned.