Blackbead is a spreading small tree or shrub, native to florida, typically 8 - 15 feet in height, often broader than it is tall. It has a short trunk or trunks with numerous branches and an irregular crown. The bark is gray with shallow furrows. The leaves are alternate, twice-divided with only 4 leaflets, which are shiny bright green and leathery, each about 2 inches long. Flowers are borne at branch ends in shaving-brush like clusters of showy stamens, about 1 1/4 inches wide, white to pink in color and fragrant. Fruit is an attractive coiled, reddish-brown pod, 4 - 6 inches long, splitting open to reveal black seeds with a red aril. Propagation is by seed after removal of the aril. Blackbead prefers moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soil with a top layer of humus. It can be pruned into a tree or shaped as a shrub or hedge. It has applications in landscaping because of its beautiful flowers and distinctive fruits, in residential gardens, patios, public parks and in containers. It can be an accent or specimen plant, buffer planting and is ideal for a native plant garden.