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Bahama Manjack is native to south florida, where it has become rare in habitat. In the wild it grows in the scrublands, savannas and in disturbed sites. Its common name may derive from an island name in the Bahamas.
It is a small tree or shrub it that can normally reach a height of 12 feet, with numerous slender branches. The bark is black with white lenticels (blister-like breaks in the surface). Leaves are simple, alternate, somewhat leathery, dark green, variable in shape, often with a serrated edge, covered with scales and measure 4 x 2 inches. Additionally it has flower heads with numerous white blooms are borne at branch ends. And, fruit are small ovate berry, red to black at maturity, about 1/4 inch long. Propagation is by seed and it attracts birds and butterflies. Also, leaves have reported medicinal use.
Bahama Manjack is an attractive plant in general landscaping and is of special interest to gardeners of native florida plants. A pioneer species in the wild, Manjack appears to tolerate a range of soil conditions and to be free of serious pests and disease problems.