Locust Berry - Byrsonima lucida
With about 100 species, nearly all native to tropical habitats of Central and South America, Locust Berry is the only species that grows in North America. It grows to about 20 feet in height although is often a shrub. Most often found in pinelands, the trees are largest in the Keys. The crown is irregular, sometimes flat-topped, and the opposite leaves are about two inches long, uniform or sometimes broad at the tip. Borne in clusters,the flowers are quite colorful, turning pinkish with age, with 5 petals and a 5-lobed calyx. The green fruit is rounded and berrylike.