Cocoplum is an attractive shrub with a wide geographic distribution. It grows naturally here in South Florida and throughout the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Central and South America, and tropical West Africa. It is widely planted as an ornamental shrub or hedge. Its purple, plumlike fruit is edible and can be used to make fruit preserves and jams. Cocoplum has become invasive in some parts of the tropics, forming thick masses that overrun natural vegetation.