Gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba)


The February 16 post on this blog was of another species of Bursera, the “torote” tree, native to Baja California. Today’s posting is for a Floridian species of this genus, with the common name “gumbo limbo”. It is also found throughout the Caribbean and Central America.

I first saw gumbo limbos in the wild on a trip to Florida in the 1990s, where I was impressed by their fluid trunks and distinctive peeling bark. The sap of all species of this genus is fragrant and may have medicinal properties.

I mail-ordered this tree from Bonsai Collectables in Lancaster, California along with a couple of baobabs (see the April 21 post for one of them, an Adansonia greggorii) which arrived on May 23, 2013.

August 24, 2019:
The tree today

May 23, 2013:
The tree the day it arrived, getting its first repot.

May 24, 2013:
The tree in its new…

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