White stopper is a native florida small tree or shrub witha small trunk and branches. The unusual common name apparently comes from the use of a leaf tea taken to stop diarrhea. This tree typically grows to 10 - 20 feet in height, is taller than broad and has smooth, pale grey to whitish bark. It has an oval to irregular crown of moderate density. The leaves are dull dark green, leathery, simple, opposite or subopposite, elliptical and under 2 inches long. New leaf growth is pinkish in color. Flowers are borne in clusters at the leaf axils, white, inconspicuous, fragrant, with tiny blooms, about 1/8 inch across. Fruits are round berries ripening from red to black, about 1/2 inch in diameter, edible and used for propagation. The wood is useful in cabinetry. White stopper is an understory plant of hammocks; it prefers well-drained sandy or limestone soils with an organic top layer. It is easily shaped by pruning. This plant has no serious pest of disease problems. White stopper has attractive foliage and fruits, is of modest size and appropriate as a residential street tree, in parking lot islands, small lawns, and as a screen or hedge. It is also grown as a bonsai plant.