Ardisia escallonioides

Family: Myrsinaceae

Form: Multi-stemmed evergreen shrub or small tree reaching 20 feet

Leaves: Simple, alternate, entire, elliptic

Stem/Bark: Gray

Flower: White, in panicle inflorescences, fragrant

Fruit: Drupes, borne in terminal clusters, dark-purple

Comments: This wonderful native should not be confused with two FLEPPC Category I invasive species: Ardisia crenata (having red berries and crenate leaf margins) or Ardisia elliptica (having ovoid, larger dark purple fruit hanging from distinct pedicles).