Redberry stopper is a small tree or tall shrub, reaching to 20 feet or more. The unusual common name comes from the use of a leaf tea taken to stop diarrhea. This tree has a dense, oval, upright crown and smooth reddish brown to gray mottled peeling bark. Leaves are opposite/subopposite, simple, entire, ovate, fine textured and 2 - 4 inches long. New leaves are reddish green. Flowers are borne in dense, axillary clusters; blooms are minute, white with yellow stamens, inconspicuous and fragrant. Fruits are subglobose, very showy red when ripe and about 1/4 inch long; they are said to be edible, attract birds and other wildlife and are used for propagation. The wood is used in making cabinets. The plant grows well in sandy limestone soils which are well-drained. It can be pruned into tree form or a tall privacy shrub. This plant has no serious pest or disease problems. Red stopper is a good choice for small garden or patio areas, along roadways, highway medians and parking lot islands. Fruits can make a mess on sidewalks. It is appropriate for coastal areas and in a native plant garden; the wild plant is endangered in florida.