MASTIC
(Mastichodendraon foetidissimum)

NATIVE

Height : 60 ft.
Canopy Spread : 35 ft.

The Mastic or False Mastic is a native to hammocks of South Florida, the Keys and the Caribbean. The hard wood is valued for its yellow to orange coloring and it is often used in cabinet and boat making. The bark and leaves can develop an unpleasant odor. The leaves are elliptic in shape with distinguishing wavy margins and usually clustered at the edn of twigs and branches. The yellow fruit has a tough skin, a single seed and is edible but bitter in taste.


Mastic at Deerfield Beach Arboretum

 


Mastic leaf cluster



Close-up of the Mastic leaf