Native to Florida, Myrcianthes Fragrans (Simpson Stopper) is a small tree or large shrub which can reach a height of 20 feet. With a round crown somewhat conical , it is popular for having multiple branches and a moderate dense crown. Furthermore, its distinctive scaly bark is mottled and show off a reddish color.
This species gets its name after the Florida botanist Simpson, who was the first to describe the plant; its common name apparently comes from the use of leaf tea which is to stop diarrhea. The leaves are dark green, leathery, opposite, simple, whole, elliptical, and 1 – 2 inches long; the upper surface is glossy, while the lower is dull and has a slight nutmeg aroma.
Additionally, its flowers are borne in long stems and clusters, each of small flower has numerous spreading stamens that have the color and scent of gardenia. Fruits are round and fleshy red in color, measuring approximately 1/2 inch in diameter; these are food for birds. Both seeds and cuttings for propagation. This species grows well in alkaline or sandy soils, although they occasionally occur in humid or dry soils; besides it tolerates temperatures down to -20.
Myrcianthes Fragrans (Simpson Stopper) is great an ornamental tree or shrub, it is easy to prune, making it a perfect asset for places that are difficult to access. Such as: parking lots, sidewalks and under power lines. Besides it makes a great specimen tree or as a nice dense hedge in full sun areas.