SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden - Miami, FL, Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, CA, Oahu, Kona, Hilo, Maui, HI and Foster Botanical Garden - Honolulu, HI
These slender trees have distinctly two-colored leaves, dark green on top and copper-colored below. A widely planted tree in Honolulu and other Hawaiian cities, with a nonaggressive root system, and occasional suckering from the surface. Mature trees are usually small enough to not interfere with overhead wires and can be planted in small roadside planting strips. Satinleaf prefers well-drained, slightly acidic, fertile soils and grow best where wind isn’t intense. Chrysophyllum oliviforme has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 7 (High Risk).
Native to Florida and the Bahamas.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 35 - 45 feet.
Width: 18 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Leaves Ovate, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. White or Yellow. Flowers in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.
Purple Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Winter Edible.
Bark Gray to Brown, Blocky or Ridged.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense to Very Dense in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Caterpillars and Gall Mites.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Screen, Street Tree or Shade Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Chrysophyllum oliviforme Tree Record." 1995-2020. Oct 27, 2020.
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