Seven year apple is a small tree or medium-sized shrub which can reach a height of about 16 feet. It has a rounded, low-growing crown of dense foliage. The bark is gray and smooth. Leaves are opposite, simple, entire, clustered near the branch ends, leathery, obovate and 3 - 5 x 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inches. Flowers are borne in dense clusters, are tubular and sweetly fragrant; female blooms have 5 - 6 pointed lobes, tinged with pink on the tips and about 3/4 inch across. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Fruit is a fleshly egg-shaped berry 3 x 2 inches, green, turning yellow then dark brown/black before it falls. Fruit ripening is slow, taking about 10 months, but not 7 years! Fruits edible but not very tasty, eaten by birds and iguanas: seeds are used for propagation. The fruit pulp is used in traditional medicine and as a black dye source. The wood is used to make handicrafts. This plant grows well in sandy limestone soils with good drainage and is described as hardy. As a continuously flowering and fruiting plant with attractive foliage, it can be pruned into a small tree or hedge and ideal for seaside locations. It can be grown as a specimen or accent plant in garden, park or patio, and in a xerophytic or native plant garden. Seven year apple is related to the genipapo (genipa americana) in south america a popular local fruit.