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Gumbo Limbo

Gumbo Limbo

Bursera simaruba

  • Origin: Florida Native
  • Height: 20’ – 60’
  • Spread: 20’ – 50’
  • Large-trunked, spreading, relatively low-branched tree popular as a specimen, shade, and street tree, interesting often contorted shape results in no other tree of tropical Florida with a similar appearance
  • Small, greenish flowers in winter and spring, alternate, deciduous, delicate, glossy, green foliage with sharp, pointed tips
  • Bark is thick, smooth, lustrous and bronze to reddish in color, sometimes separates into shaggy, papery scales
  • Occurs naturally in thin, well-drained soils of tropical and coastal hammocks, adaptable to may well-drained soil types
  • USDA hardiness zones 10 – 11, grows in sun to part shade; drought tolerant, salt tolerant
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