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Chrysophyllum oliviforme, Satinleaf, Satin Leaf

Chrysophyllum oliviforme

Satinleaf, Satin Leaf
Family: Sapotaceae
Origin: Caribbean
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This is a relative of Star Apple (Caimito - Chrysophyllum cainito) which is a popular fruit, well known among the people of the Caribbean. The fruit of the Satinleaf is much smaller than the Caimito, just a little dark purple berry, about an inch in diameter. Satinleaf is an ornamental medium-sized tree with a mature height of up to 30 feet and distinctive foliage: shiny olive on top, silky silvery gold underneath. You might use one in your backyard as a shade tree, an easier-to-manage alternative to live oak.

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