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Bursera simaruba
(Gumbo Limbo – Tourist Tree)
USDA Zone: 10B – 11
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Origin: Caribbean Region
Type: Large Tree

Typical Height: 40’ - 50’
(12.0 – 15.0mts)
Typical Spread: 25’-30’
(7.6 – 9.0mts)

Growth: Fast
Drought Tolerance: High
Salt Tolerance: High
Wind Tolerance: High
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Color: Green
Flowering Season: Spring
Flower Feature: Insignificant
Light Needs: High
Nutritional Needs: Low
Human Hazards: None
Family: Burseraceae
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings
Leaf Type: Pinnately compound
Environmental Issues: Weak wood

Typical sizes at the nursery:
3G - 4'OA / 2'SP /0.75" CA
7G - 6'- 8'OA / 3'SP /1.25" CA
15G - 8'- 10'OA / 4'SP /2" CA
25G - 10'- 12'OA / 4.5'SP /2.5" CA
45G - 12'- 14'OA / 5'SP /3" CA
65G - 14'- 13'OA / 6'SP /3.5" CA
95G - 13'- 16'OA  / 8'SP /4.5" CA
200G - 16'- 18'OA / 10'SP /5.5" CA
FG - 10’- 28’ OA

Typical planting distance:
12'-30' O.C.
(3.7 – 9.0mts)

Common Uses: Shade, Perimeter, Parking Lots, Boulevards, Residence,
Category: Large Tree

Notes: Florida native

+ In this Photo:
Bursera simaruba
(Gumbo Limbo)
(Tourist Tree)
Trunk close up

All sizes are approximates
Photo taken by:
All Landscape Data, Inc.
July 2013
Miami
Florida USA

Sources:
Betrock’s
Reference Guide to
Florida Landscape Plants

Landscape Plants for South Florida
A manual for gardeners, landscapers and homeowners.

The Landscape Manual
Prepared by the Miami-Dade
County
Department of
Planning and Zoning

Betrock’s
Plant Finder

Internet Sources:
http://www.floridata.com/ref/b/burs_sim.cfm

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/bursima.pdf

http://plants.findthebest.com/l/1694/Bursera-simaruba