Bursera simaruba



wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 20-60 ft    Width: 20-50 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      white,green,NA
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown,NA
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: Plant as a specimen tree to show off its bronze-colored peeling bark. Also makes a good shade tree.
Propagation: Cuttings and seed. Branches that are stuck into the ground can root, but those started from seed will have a better shape.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Larval host for dingy purplewing (Eunica monima). Birds and other wildlife consume seed.
Native Habitats: Moist hammocks, dry hammocks, dry hardwood forests, coastal uplands, urban areas

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

This tree has a thick trunk and both the trunk and branches can twist into interesting shapes. The bark is red to bronze and peels. It's also called the tourist tree, who also may be reddish and peeling.