* Fast-growing evergreen tree that grows to a height of about 35 feet
* The leaves are large and compound, made up of 4-10 oblong leaflets, each
4-8 inches long and attached by a swollen stalk.
* Clusters of small, greenish-white flowers are borne on stalks that emerge
from leaf axils.
* The fruit is a bright yellow, three-lobed capsule which, when ripe splits open to expose 3 shiny black seeds encased in red or orange fleshy tissue.
* Variety of natural communities, coastal hammocks, dunes, coastal strand,
sand pine scrub, slash pine flatwoods, mangrove swamps, cypress swamps,
freshwater marshes and river banks
* Tolerant of salt, poor soils, poor drainage, sunlight and shade
Reasons it should be removed:
* Forms dense monocultures, crowding out and out-competing native plants
for available light and nutrients
* Increases stress on remaining hammocks
Updated December 28, 2009