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Sideroxylon foetidissimum

Sideroxylon foetidissimum Jacq.

False Mastic, Mastic Tree

Sapotaceae (Sapodilla Family)

Synonym(s): Mastichodendron foetidissimum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)

The false mastic grows to heights of 50 ft. with a large, straight trunk ranging 3-4 ft. in diameter at maturity. Stout branches with reddish-brown branchlets support an irregular crown. Shiny oblong leaves have wavy margins. The upper surface is bright green; the lower is yellow-green. Leaves remain green for more than a year and are clustered near the ends of the branchlets.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Size Class: 36-72 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow


Native Distribution: FL coast from Lee Co., south
Native Habitat: Coastal shell mounds

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Coastal sands.
Conditions Comments: An excellent shade tree but very slow-growing.

Additional resources

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


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

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