Milkbark - Drypetes diversifolia
Most common in the Florida Keys where it is found in rocky or sandy soils, the common name of this tree reveals an excellent field mark--the bark is distinctively whitish in hue. A small tree, to 40 feet, the bark is occasionally mottled, and the wood is streaked with yellow. The evergreen leaves are alternate and leathery, dark green above and paler on the underside; they are up to five inches in length. The trees are dioecious, and the flowers are small and greenish-white, the male flowers borne in dense clusters and the females single or sometimes in clusters. The fruit is white.