Cartrema floridanum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

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Scrub Wild Olive


Also known as Osmanthus megacarpus

Plant Specifics

Size:15-20 (30) ft tall by 10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Black
Habitats:Dry sites. Scrub, scrubby sandhill.


Recommended Uses:Screen plant esp. for sunny, dry sites. Specimen plant where its shiny foliage will be appreciated.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray



Larger birds and small mammals eat the fruit.

Bees and other pollinators.