Satin leaf is a small to medium-sized tree or shrub native to florida, generally reaching a height of 10-15 feet, but twice as tall under ideal growing conditions. It has a moderately-dense oval to pyramidal crown with slightly drooping branches. The trunk is showy with a thin reddish-brown scaly bark. Leaves are alternate, simple, entire, elliptic to oval, glossy, dark green above and bright copper color beneath, 4-8 inches long. In a breeze, the leaves give an attractive two-toned effect. Flowers are borne in axillary clusters, and are small, inconspicuous, creamy yellow to white; blooms are 3/8 inch across and have 5 petals and 5 stamens. Fruits borne in small groups are elongated, fleshy, edible, dark purple when ripe with whitish flesh and resemble olives, and contain several black seeds. Propagation is by seed or semi-hardwood cutting. The heartwood is reddish, heavy and hard. Satin leaf does best in fertile well-drained clay, loam or sandy soils. Pruning is needed to maintain tree form and shape shrubs. This plant has outstanding foliage and has applications for lawns, patios, as a screen, shade or specimen tree, along sidewalks and residential streets. It is also ideal for a native plant garden.