The eastern swamp privet (Forestiera acuminata) belongs to Oleaceae (the Olive family). It is a small deciduous tree that is native to the southeastern and central United States. This tree grows primarily in or near wetlands, and up to a height 7.5-10.5 m. The leaves are glossy green, ovate, and arranged in pairs on bright green, new twigs. Older branches are ivory-gray and the trunk has smooth, brownish bark, often covered with lichens and liverworts. Yellow flowers, most showy on male plants, occur in small, axillary clusters on the previous season growth before new leaves develop. The fruit, on female plants is a purple-black, olive-like drupe.