The florida native spicewood is so-named because of its unique spicy fragrance. It is a small tree or shrub commonly reaching a height of 10 - 15 feet or taller. It typically has clumping stems and develops an upright oval crown of moderate density with smooth pale brown mottled bark. Leaves are opposite or subopposite, simple, entire, ovate in shape, flat, covered with rusty hairs when young, darker green above and 2 - 4 inches long. Flowers are greenish-white, fragrant, semi-showy, borne in terminal clusters 2 - 3 inches long; blooms have numerous long white stamens and are without petals. Fruits are small, showy and globose, about 1/2 inch in diameter, red ripening to black, edible and attracting birds. Seeds used for propagation. A medicinal tea is made from the leaves. In cultivation, spicewood tolerates a range of well-drained soils, but does best in moist soils with organic matter. It has no pests or diseases of concern. In landscaping, spicewood can be pruned into a single- or multi- trunked tree, shrub, espalier or excellent hedge. It can be used in buffer strips around parking lots, median strips, as a border planting or accent plant in the garden. Spicewood is threatened in the wild in florida.