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Plant Details

Cartrema americana

Wild Olive, Devilwood

Scientific Name:

Cartrema americana

Common Name:

Wild Olive, Devilwood

Plant Family

Oleaceae (Olive Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Large Evergreen Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

whitish to greenish

Size in Feet:

30 - 40 ft

Light:

shade

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

Maritime forests and (in FL, GA, SC, and extreme s. NC) hammocks and other dry, sandy forests well inland, and reported southwards for wet habitats as well.

Notes:

formerly Osmanthus americanus

In winter

Wild Olive has lustrous evergreen leaves - the soft shine is distinctive. They are also opposite, or nearly so. An uncommon coastal shrub of maritime forests.

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Flowers

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Wilmington, April 10, 2013

Unripe fruit

The fruit is borne on jointed panicles and often persists through winter.

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Ripened drupe

The fruits ripen to a deep blue color.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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