Drypetes lateriflora

Milk Bark

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Milk bark takes its common name from it poisonous latex which is common to it and so many euphorbs. Furthermore, Milk bark is an infrequent plant in the hammocks of south Florida. Also, it is threatened in the wild in the state. It is a medium-sized tree, typically 20-30 feet tall, with small ascending branches. It has a reddish to light brown bark. Leaves are simple, alternate, thin, firm, entire, and ovate to lance-shaped with shiny dark leaves, 3-4 inches long.

Furthermore, the flowers are small and inconspicuous, greenish-white in color; bees are pollinators and the tree is considered a honey plant. Fruits are very small fuzzy red berries that attract birds. Milk bark can be grown from seed. In cultivation, the tree prefers moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils with some surface humus. It is a recommended tree for creating natural landscapes, providing food and cover for wildlife, and is used in habitat restoration. The glossy green leaves and red fruits make milk bark an attractive choice for an accent or specimen tree in a wide range of garden settings.

Additional information

Common Name

Guiana Plum, Milk Bark

Florida Native

Yes, FL Native


South Florida, West Indies & The Bahamas

Flowering Season


Light Requirements

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Flower Color

Green, Green to White, White

Plant Type



25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.