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Chrysophyllum oliviforme

Chrysophyllum oliviforme L.


Sapotaceae (Sapodilla Family)

Synonym(s): Cynodendron oliviforme


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N)

The distinguishing characteristic of this evergreen is the copper-colored covering on the flower buds, young twigs and leaf undersides. The upper surface of the oval leaves is dark, shiny green but a breeze sets to motion a display of golden-brown colors. Dark purple, olive-shaped fruits occur in leaf axils, ripening all year.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: irregular all year bloom


Native Distribution: FL Keys to the Caloosahatchee R.
Native Habitat: Coastal mounds; pineland hammocks

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Salt tolerant. Intolerant of high water and frequent irrigation. An attractive, low maintenance species.


Description: Easily propagated from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Chrysophyllum oliviforme in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chrysophyllum oliviforme in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chrysophyllum oliviforme


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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