A tall tree, the Jamaica dogwoods leaves are compound, with 5 to 7, 1.5 to 4 inch long leaflets. The flowers have lavender or pink petals that hang in long clusters. Historically the tree roots, bark, and leaves were used to stun fish.
Other names for Jamaica dogwood include Florida fishpoison tree and Fishfuddle. This tree generally grows in coastal areas of Florida and has also been found in Hawaii. The fruits of Jamaica dogwood are bean-like pods with a 4 paper-like "wings".