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Chrysophyllum Oliviforme

Satin Leaf

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Chrysophyllum Oliviforme (Satinleaf) is a medium-sized tree or shrub native to Florida. Satinleaf reaches a height of up to 15 feet, but is twice as tall under ideal growing conditions. It has a moderately-dense oval to pyramidal crown with slightly drooping branches. Also, the trunk is showy with a thin reddish-brown scaly bark.

In addition, its simple glossy leaves are alternate, elliptic to oval, dark green above and bright copper color beneath. During a breeze, leaves give an attractive two-tone effect. Also, its small flowers are borne in axillary clusters. The inconspicuous, creamy yellow to white blooms are 3/8 inch and have 5 petals and 5 stamens.

Furthermore, the elongated, fleshy fruits are borne in small groups,  and are, edible. They transition to a dark purple when ripe. The fruit resemble olives with whitish flesh and contain several black seeds. Propagation is by seed or semi-hardwood cutting.

The heartwood is reddish, heavy and hard. Satin leaf does best in fertile well-drained clay, loam or sandy soils. Pruning is needed to maintain tree form and shape shrubs. Chrysophyllum Oliviforme (Satinleaf) has outstanding foliage and has applications for lawns, patios, as a screen, shade or specimen tree, along sidewalks and residential streets. It is also ideal for a native plant garden.

Other common names for Chrysophyllum Oliviforme, are: Palo de Canela, Damson plum, wild star-apple, saffron-tree, Caimitillo, Caimitillo de Perro, Camitillo Cimarró, Teta de Burra, Macanabo, and Caïmite Marron

Additional information

Common Name

Satin Leaf

Florida Native

Yes, FL Native


South Florida, Caribbean

Flowering Season

All Year

Salt Tolerance

Moderate Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Slow Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Flower Color

White, Yellow

Plant Type





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