Florida Myrsine - Myrsine cubana
Less than 20 feet tall, or sometimes a shrub, this evergreen species grows on coastal hammocks and pinelands from central to southern Florida. It is sometimes used in cultivation as a hedge plant. The bark is light gray and the trunk short. The leaves are alternate, leathery and crowded at the branch ends. They are up to four inches long, and often notched at the tip. Small, white flowers are in tight clusters, and typically positioned along a leafless part of a branch; they most typically open in winter. The fruit is dark blue or black when mature. This is a long-lived species.