Cartrema floridanum

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Scrub Wild Olive

Oleaceae

Also known as Osmanthus megacarpus

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Size:15-20 (30) ft tall by 10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Black
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Aroma, Fragrance, Showy flowers, Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Screen plant esp. for sunny, dry sites. Specimen plant where its shiny foliage will be appreciated.
Considerations:Slow growing.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Friends, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Birds eat fruit.

Insects:
 

Bees and other pollinators.

Native Habitats:Dry sites. Scrub, scrubby sandhill.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:Fruit is edible.
General Comments:This is a Florida endemic.