Blolly is a small tree or large shrub common in coastal hammocks along the florida east coast. It typically grows to a height of 10 - 25 feet and taller under ideal conditions. It has a compact, dense, rounded crown with spreading branches and can be as broad as tall. Blolly has a stout trunk with smooth, reddish brown, gray brown or yellowish bark, often with patches of lichens. Leaves are simple, thick or thin, fleshy, light green, smooth, shiny, broad or narrowly elliptical and 1 - 2 inches long. Flowers are tiny, yellow to green, unisexual, inconspicuous and borne in clusters. Fruits are small, red, fleshy berries, oval-shaped, borne in clusters and about 1/2 inch in diameter. Fruits are eaten by birds, and seeds are used for propagation. The wood is useful. In cultivation, blolly does best in moist well-drained sandy or limestone soils with surface organic matter. It is a low maintenance plant once established; it takes well to pruning and can be formed into a small accent or specimen tree, or privacy hedge. The attractive foliage and fruits make this an excellent choice for a small garden, especially if native species are desired.