Mastic is a medium-sized tree native to tropical hammocks in south florida. It can grow to a height of 60 feet, sometimes taller, and can be nearly as broad as tall. It has dense rounded crown and moderately rough furrowed attractive gray bark peeling off in vertical pieces. Trunk exudes sticky latex if injured. Leaves are dark green, smooth, thin, leathery, oblong to oval and 1 1/2 - 6 inches long. Flowers are borne in clusters on the branch stems, yellowish white in color, blooms are about 1/4 inch across and have a strong cheesy odor, attracting insects. Fruits are oval, yellow orange, 3/4 - 1 inch long, edible but pulp has sticky latex. Mastic is related to the chicle tree (manilkara chicle) of central america, source of natural chewing gum. Mastic is propagated from seed or cuttings. In central america, the tree is grown for its wood, which is orange-colored, close grained and strong, used in cabinetry and boatbuilding. It will grow in well-drained sandy limestone soils with organic mater. In landscaping, the tree is known to be strong and resistant to hurricane winds and therefore a good coastal plant. Mastic also has applications as a specimen tree in the garden or park, especially in native plant collections; it is not recommended near walkways as fruit litter is a problem.