Strong bark is a small tree or shrub native to the florida keys, where it is an endangered wild species, and the west indies. As a tree it has a narrow, irregular crown, but spreads widely, typically to 10-15 feet in height and can be as broad as tall in full sun. Trunk is erect reaching a diameter of 2-6 inches, with thin, brown tinged with red, slightly rough bark. Leaves are alternate, entire, spatulate, a smooth shiny green and up to 5 inches long. Flowers are borne is clusters, white, somewhat showy about 1/2 inch wide, attracting butterflies and other insects; it is considered a nectar plant. Fruit are globose, bright to reddish-orange, resembling cherry tomatoes, edible and attract birds; propagated by seed. The plant has medicinal uses. In cultivation, strong bark grows well in moist, well-drained limestone or sandy soils with a humus layer. It is hardy once established. In landscaping, it is used as an accent or specimen tree in home gardens or parks; excellent for a native garden. Its spreading branches and growth form can also be pruned and trained into a shrub or hedge.