Sideroxylon foetidissimum

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Mastic, False Mastic, Wild Olive


Also known as Mastichodendron foetidissimum

Plant Specifics

Size:30-60 (70) ft tall by 30-50 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Yellow,orange
Phenology:Evergreen. Flowers early summer. Fruits ripen late winter-early spring. Life span about 100 yrs. (Nelson).
Noted for:Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Shade tree. Can be used in settings such as parking lot edges, street tree, etc.
Propagation:Seed, cuttings.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



Povides good cover. 

Birds and small mammals are attracted to the fruit.


Attracts insect pollinators

Native Habitats:Tropical hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:The fruits are edible raw, but the latex is very sticky. The wood is used for ship building in the West Indies.
General Comments:Interesting buttressed trunks.