Darling plum is a medium sized tree or shrub, commonly about 8 - 12 feet in height, but can be much taller in habitat. It has a low, spreading, rounded but irregular, moderately dense crown, and red-brown, scaly, peeling bark. The evergreen leaves are leathery, medium green, opposite, entire, small, obovate with recurved edges about 1 1/4 inches long. Flowers are borne in axillary or terminal clusters; blooms are tiny, star-shaped, without petals, yellow to green in color. Fruits are purple-black when ripe, about 3/4 inches long, fleshy with a pleasant taste but the pulp is thin because of a large seed; birds are attracted to them. Seeds are used for propagation. It has a heavy, dense wood used in cabinetry. In cultivation, darling plum is adapted to sandy limestone soils and is quite hardy, occurring naturally in hammocks in the florida keys. In landscaping, the plant needs pruning to achieve good tree or shrub form. It can be used as a specimen tree in gardens or parks, providing shade and fruit, and as a good privacy hedge planting. Darling plum is similar to black ironwood.