Blolly is a small evergreen shrub or tree found primarily in hardwood hammocks but also in pine stands. The Blolly is related to Bougainvillea which is a common landscaping plant. The unusual name is an abbreviation for "loblolly" which describes a thicket growing in wet depressed areas.
The red, oval fruit is both decorative and useful as a wildlife food source. The threatend White-Crowned Pigeon of the Florida Keys is one of the birds that feed on the fruit of the Longleaf Blolly.