Satin Leaf
Chrysophyllum oliviforme

Satin Leaf

The shiny, dark green upper leaf surfaces and rusty undersides of satin leaf will dazzle you from below as they shimmer in the wind. Birds are easy to observe as they move through the evenly spaced branches while eating the olive sized fruit. This is edible and contains enough chicle to accumulate into a ball of gum after placing several in your mouth and spitting out the pits.

Hammocks with rich organic soil are the natural home to satin leaf, which can reach up to 50 feet in height. It can survive some cold, yet freezing temperatures may kill it to the ground. Shoots will sprout from the roots and a new leader can then be selected.

Find a protected location to plant and mix with other hammock trees like paradise tree, mastic, lancewood, all of the stoppers and an understory of wild coffee, coontie, wild plumbago, beautyberry and basket grass.