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Paradise tree

Paradise tree

Simarouba glauca

  • Family name: Simaroubaceae
  • Origin: south Florida Native
  • Height: 40’ – 50’
  • Spread: 25’ – 50’
  • Coarse leaf texture with light green, dense, compound foliage allows this tree to "stand out" in a crowd
  • Pinnately compound, 16-inch leaves have multiple, three-inch-long, shiny, leathery, oblong leaflets which are reddish when young, dense, rounded crown at maturity
  • Tiny, inconspicuous, yellowish, springtime blooms are followed by small clusters of dark purple, one-inch-long, edible fruits
  • Seeds and fruits are messy and will stain hard surfaces, and the shallow surface roots are troublesome to sidewalks and driveways and make it difficult to operate a lawn mower beneath the canopy
  • USDA hardiness zones: 10B through 11, frost-sensitive tree, grows in full sun or partial shade on almost any well-drained soil, little invasive potential, moderate drought tolerance, high aerosol salt tolerance, susceptible to
  • Attracts butterflies and birds
  • No pests or diseases of major concern