Form - Evergreen. Slow growing to 50' in this regional environment. Rounded, densely foliated canopy though flat topped with regular ocean exposure.
Trunk -Smooth to fine textured or fibrous, gray to reddish-brown bark.
Foliage -Leaves are large, dark green to bronzy, trifoliate and alternately compound with 3 ovate, leathery leaflets. Leaflets are minutely toothed, 5" long and 4 " wide with a tail like tip.
Flowers/fruit -Small inconspicuous flowers bloom April to May without petals, develop into round reddish or blue pea-sized fruits bunched among the leaves.
No significant pest problems are known at this time.
Sunset zones -23 and 24. Some frost damage at 30°.
Clearances -Suitable for 7' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts.
Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.
Grows well in sandy soil. Moderate drought tolerance, excellent for seacoast exposure.
Worthwhile coastal tree where a dense, spreading, shady canopy is wanted. Unique glossy leaves give tropical appearance yet is small enough to incorporate with most landscapes.