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PlantFiles: Elephant Tree
Bursera odorata

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Family: Burseraceae
Genus: Bursera (ber-SER-uh) (Info)
Species: odorata (oh-dor-AY-tuh) (Info)

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Category:
Shrubs
Trees
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral CactusJordi On Aug 26, 2008, CactusJordi from El Cajon, CA wrote:

While B. fagaroides is dormant in winter this species is mainly leafed out and growing in winter which makes it so frost tender.

Jordi

Positive palmbob On May 14, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Another great natural bonsai tree with peeling bark from Baja California. Not sure how this one differs from B fagaroides (leaves similar). Planted in the ground, makes a stout-trunked tree up to 12' tall.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bostonia, California
San Marino, California



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