Spanish Stopper - Eugenia foetida
A large genus (500 or so species) of trees and shrubs, the five that grow in North America are native to Florida. Spanish Stopper grows on hammocks and in pinelands from the central Atlantic and Gulf coasts south to the Keys. The trees are about 20 feet tall with multiple branches and a rounded crown. The bark is thin, scaly, and reddish-brown. The leaves are evergreen, broad above the middle, leathery, dark green above and pale beneath, with glands. The flowers are borne in clusters; each flower has four white petals and a lobed calyx. The fruit is a rounded, black berry.