Gumbo Limbo Tree


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Product images are for reference; the delivered plant will look different depending on the gallon chosen. Height estimates are overall. Ball of Ground price is starting from and depends on height. Ball of Ground heights are estimates; call to know sizes we have available.

Often affectionately termed the “Tourist Tree” due to its red, peeling bark that humorously resembles sunburned skin, the Gumbo Limbo Tree is an iconic presence in tropical landscapes of the Americas. This resilient and adaptable tree is not only known for its distinctive bark but also for its ecological importance and multiple uses. The Gumbo Limbo boasts a relatively fast growth rate and, given the right conditions, can quickly establish itself in a landscape. Mature trees can reach heights of 30-50 feet or even taller in their natural habitats. As a tropical staple, the Gumbo Limbo thrives in full sunlight but can also tolerate partial shade. However, optimal growth and health are achieved with abundant sunlight. While the tree exhibits a commendable degree of drought tolerance once established, it prefers regular watering during its formative years. Ensure it’s planted in well-draining soil to avoid waterlogged conditions. The tree’s peeling, reddish-brown bark offers a striking contrast to its bright green leaves. The Gumbo Limbo is often utilized for reforestation projects due to its adaptability and rapid growth. Furthermore, it serves as a host plant for various butterfly species, adding to its ecological value. Though it’s typically hardy, occasional checks for pests and diseases are always a good gardening practice. With its unmistakable appearance and importance in traditional medicine, woodworking, and local ecosystems, the Gumbo Limbo Tree stands as a testament to nature’s versatility and beauty. Whether featured in parks, gardens, or streets, its grandeur and cultural significance make it a cherished part of tropical landscapes.

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