Bahama Strongbark - Bourreria succulenta
Most common in the West Indies, Bourreria is represented in North America by three species. Shrublike or a small tree that may reach 35 feet in height, with a small trunk, Bahama Strongbark grows in southern Florida and is fairly common in the Keys. The bark is reddish-brown and scaley, and the wood is hard. The leaves are alternate and oval, often with a notched tip, and up to five inches in length; they are yellowish-green above and pale beneath. The flowers have five petals and are borne in wide, branched clusters. The rounded fruit turns red at maturity.