Bursera simaruba

Gumbo Limbo

  • Family: Burseraceae
  • Form: Semi-evergreen or briefly deciduous tree, reaching 80 x 35 ft., with an open, irregular canopy
  • Leaves: Alternate, odd-pinnately compound leaves comprised of 3-9 entire ovate 3 in. leaflets. Leaves are shiny green above and paler below, 6-8 in. long, with short, often pink-red tinged petioles
  • Stem/Bark: Known as the "tourist tree" for its smooth shiny bark which peels off and flakes like skin, often revealing a different color beneath. The color varies from green to bronze to reddish brown
  • Flower: Insignificant, creamy to greenish white in 2-5 in. long axillary racemes
  • Fruit: In drupelike clusters, dark red, with ½ in. diameter elliptic berries. Berries split into 3 sections at maturity to reveal one or two ¼ in. long triangular white seeds
  • Comments: Native to the tropical hammocks of coastal Florida
  • Additional Resources:
    IFAS document (pdf)
    Wikipedia Link
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