Pearlberry is a small tree or shrub native to florida. The common name derives from the round white fruit it bears which resemble pearls. Leaves are simple, elliptical to obovate in shape, about 3 inches long with a shiny attractive appearance. Flowers are star-shaped, tubular and white, borne opposite a leaf. Fruits white and translucent about 3/4 inches long containing a single ribbed seed. Branches are slightly drooping. The bark is pale in color and furrowed. Pearlberry is tolerant of drought and salt. It grows naturally in coastal hammocks in humus-rich soils. Propagated from depulped seeds. This plant is distinctive because it bears fruits and flowers at the same time throughout the year, hence is an excellent accent plant. Pearlberry has medicinal properties and is used in the bahamas to treat gastrointestinal ailments. Wild populations of the plant in florida are endangered and should be protected.