Sun or shade. A nearly evergreen small tree with glowing lime-green foliage. The name is a Spanish reference to charcoal for the dark greyish-black bark and reddish twigs. Flowers and fruits appear year-round. Brasil is common and thicket-forming in native understory, providing the sort of dense cover that provides great habitat and nesting opportunities for urban wildlife. In the home landscape, it can also make an interesting specimen for brush sculpture. With minimal training, it forms a small and quite distinctive shade tree