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Chrysophyllum Oliviforme

Satin Leaf

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Satin leaf tree description

Chrysophyllum Oliviforme (Satinleaf tree) 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 resembles olives with whitish flesh and contains several black seeds. Propagation is by seed or semi-hardwood cutting.

Chrysophyllum oliviforme cultivation

The heartwood is reddish, heavy, and hard. Satin leaf tree 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.

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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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