This medium-size evergreen tree has a narrow crown. The bark is reddish with round deposits of cork. The leaves are alternate and aromatic. The fragrant, creamy-white flowers are in clusters. The fruit is a dark-blue or black, nearly spherical drupe with a red or yellow cup.
Wildlife – Birds love the fruits, especially veeries and thrushes. The canopy, because it is dense, makes a good nesting area for mockingbirds.
The Seminole warriors used the wood for bows. The wood has light-brown sapwood, and the dark-brown heartwood has been used in carpentry, in cabinetwork, for poles, and to make charcoal. Reported to be a honey plant.