Locust Berry is a florida native small tree or shrub, typically 5 - 15 feet tall, but can grow taller. It has an irregular, rounded or flat-topped, moderately dense crown. Trunks usually short, with numerous ascending branches; bark thin, pale brown. Often a host to epiphytes. Leaves are green or blue-green, evergreen, opposite or sub opposite, leathery, smooth, glossy above but dull below and 1 - 1 1/2 inches long. Flowers borne in clusters, showy blooms change color from white to pink to crimson, and attract butterflies. Fruits are round, 1/2 inch long, pea-sized, fleshy, green ripening to red and attract birds. Fruits are edible and persist on the tree. The plant is grown from seed. Bark and fruits have medicinal use. Locust berry is adapted to different types of well-drained soils; it benefits from pruning. Usually not affected by pests. In addition to its value as a land reclamation plant, locust berry's handsome foliage, flowers and fruits, make it effective as specimen plant, screen, border planting and native plant species for parks and gardens. It is threatened in the wild in florida because of habitat loss.