A densely foliated evergreen tree with light-gray bark tinged with brown. The leaves are leathery, alternate, bright green above and paler below, with clasping petioles and diversified in shape. The flowers are inconspicuous without petals, a creamy white, cup-shaped calyx on two-to-three-inch-long spikes. The fruits are dark purple, thin-fleshed, and round or pear-shaped.
Wildlife – Many birds and animals use the fruit.
An important food of the Mikasukis, or Miccosukees. The Seminoles dry and rehydrate the fruit to diminish the astringency.