Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tree Thursday - Satin Leaf

Satin Leaf
Chrysophyllum oliviforme

The Satin leaf is, I believe, to be an underutilized native tree in South Florida that grows to about 30 feet tall.  While it doesn’t have the prettiest form as an individual, I’ve found that a cluster of two or three can be very appealing.  The tree gets its common name from the light brown, velvety underside of its leaves.  The tops of the leaves are a shiny olive color which gives a great contrast in the wind.  While the fruit of the Satin leaf is edible, its cousin in the Caribbean, Chrysophyllum cainito or Star Apple, is known for its fruit that’s used in salads and drinks. 

The Satin leaf does like to grow in fertile soils but can handle a wide range of soils.  Also, while growing best in full sun, Satin leaf can grow in partial shade. 

Growth Rate:                     Slow
Salt Tolerance:                  Medium
Drought Tolerance:         High


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