A sun- loving tree (typically 30-50 feet in height) that can grow in nutrient-poor, salty soil and is drought and salt wind tolerant. Native to the Bahamian archipelago, the Yucatan and many islands in the Caribbean, it is especially useful because of its fast growth. Used as a shade tree, street tree, in reclamation and even parking lot islands. It is also an excellent lawn tree because its light, airy crown allows plenty of sunlight to penetrate to the grass below and has unaggressive roots. It is a larval host plant for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), large orange sulphur (Phoebis agarithe) and mimosa yellow (Eurema mise) butterflies. It is a nectar plant for cassius blue, mangrove skipper (Phocides pigmalion) and other butterflies.