The Black Olive Tree spiny, slow-growing evergreen tree is native to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America and is also found in the upper Florida Keys. It is often found in coastal swamps and wet inland forests. Despite its name it doesn't produce an edible olive but does produce a small seed capsule. The foliage is dense and the spreading crown becomes more rounded with age. The wood of the bullet tree is extremely hard and durable. It has a high resistance to insects and fungus, and is sometimes used as a building material. The bark is a useful source of tannins for tanning leather.
These seeds need a period of stratification to break their dormancy. You can do this by soaking the seeds for 24 hours and then placing them in a sealed freezer bag in the fridge. Do not allow the seeds to dry out. The seeds can then be sown after 6-8 weeks and should germinate normally in a safe, bright, cold place outdoors, and can take up to 6 months or even much longer so do not discard the seed pot. Alternatively you can sow the seed in a moist seed tray and then leave the tray outside over the winter to allow for natural stratification to occur.
Common name:Bullet tree, Black Olive tree, Gregorywood, Antigua whitewood,Oxhorn bucida
Classification:Hardy tree, Hardy shrub
Packet Content:20 (Approx)