Madagascar olive is a small tree or shrub growing to a height of 30 feet. It has an upright spreading dense oval to vase-shaped irregular crown and smooth gray bark. Leaves are entire, simple, glossy, erect, opposite, elliptical to obovate, 4 - 6 inches. Flowers are white to yellow, inconspicuous, fragrant, borne in clusters, blooms globose, fleshy, cup-like in shape with 4 petals and about 1/4 inch across. Fruits globose, slightly rough, initially bright yellow ripening to dark brown, drying hard, about 3/4 inches long and edible. Propagation is by cuttings or seeds. This plant grows well in a range of soil types if well drained and is known for its hardiness and resistance to salt and wind. It needs pruning for a pleasing form and strong structure. In landscaping, madagascar olive is ideal for the seaside, as a windbreak or privacy hedge, and as a specimen plant in gardens and parks for its attractive foliage and form. It can be grown along roadways without sidewalks, in parking lot islands, highway medians and in containers. A cluster of trees provides an attractive grouping. Also suitable for a xerophytic garden. Litter from fruit fall may present a problem.