Sideroxylon foetidissimum

mastic, false mastic, wild olive


Synonyms:  Mastichodendron foetidissimum

wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 30-60 (100) ft    Width: 30-50 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      yellow,orange
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Shade tree. Can be used in settings such as parking lot edges, street tree, etc.
Propagation: Seed, cuttings.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


wildlife plant  
Flowers attract a variety of insects. povides good cover.
Native Habitats: Tropical hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


The fruits are edible raw, but the latex is very sticky. The wood is used for ship building in the West Indies.

Other Comments:

Interesting buttressed trunks.