Elaeocarpus serratus, Ceylon Olive

Elaeocarpus serratus

Ceylon Olive
Family: Elaeocarpaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersEdible plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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In early summer Elaeocarpus serratus begins to form flower buds on long racemes. By late summer these become strings of delicate, lacy, white flowers.

The tree is harvested from the wild, and sometimes also cultivated, for its edible fruit and medicinal applications.

The seed of most species in this genus is covered by a hard, woody shell and can be very slow and erratic to germinate, sometimes taking 2 years or more.

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