On Aug 15, 2011, lisa33027 from Hollywood, FL wrote:
I started with 4 of these trees, each of them 3 feet tall. Within a few months we had a storm and one of trees lost a large branch. I decided to test the story that they root easily, so I planted the branch. Lo and Behold - it started growing. I was told they are "living fenceposts" in the islands (cut some branches to make a fence and they all start growing). The trees grow fast but took about 3 years to start really filling out. One was beautiful immediatly. For a while 2 looked like gangly teenagers - all skinny and not much shape. One was actually unattractive, like the runt of a litter of dogs. Now, 4 years later - wow!!! They are all full, have WONDERFUL shapes, the bark is red and peeling, and a few started bearing fruit in the Spring. I can't wait until the birds start using them for nests and eat the fruit. I now have 7 trees. I highly recommend this tree!
On Sep 24, 2006, Roatanman from Roatan Honduras wrote:
I have many of these trees on and around my property on Roatan Honduras. By central American standrds they are considered a weak tree and do not hold up well to high winds. They are also know as an "Indio desnudo" or Naked Indian tree.
On Jan 10, 2006, Chris_Lorry from Vero Beach, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is a fantastically tough and fast growing tree. In summer 2004 I planted one from a seven gallon container. With minimal care it grew quickly. Three months later Hurricane Frances came along and dropped my neighbor's tin shed directly on top of it. It was flattened to the ground, had every limb broken off, sustained multiple deep wounds to the trunk and was now three feet shorter. I figured it was beyond saving, but I decided I had nothing to lose by giving it a chance to recover. A year and half later it has tripled in size and is going strong. It has also survived a frost and temps as low as 26 F with no visible damage.
On Jun 21, 2005, DerrickintheKey from Marathon, FL (Zone 11) wrote:
I live in a new development that has these great trees as our main landscaping item. I have 3 mature trees, with one being very large. It is about 50 feet tall and has a pretty good girth for her trunk. In the spring (late April, early May) the sea sparrows come down and perch in the trees often. This is about the same time that the trees go through the "shedding" stage where they will mimic the trees up north by dropping all their leaves. Don't worry though, this only lasts about a month and then they come back stronger than ever!
They provide welcome relief from the summer sun and provide some great shade. They are great climbing trees too. My neighbor's son comes over and has a ball!
On Jul 28, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
Gumbo Limbo is an unusual and excellent tree native to the tropical hardwood hammocks of coastal central and southern Florida, including throughout the Keys. It provides shelter for wildlife, and is an excellent wind-resistant tree. It is readily available in my zone 10 area (grows naturally from zones 9 southward) and one of friends across the street has it in her front yard. She hangs birdfeeders from it which attracts lots of doves, pigeons and some small groups of parakeets. I'd highly recommend this tree for its easy-to-grow habit, unusualness and wildlife benefits.
UPDATE/MORE FACTS - These trees are very easy to grow from cuttings, even of large branches. These trees are also found in the Caribbean and are used to make fences that do not rot easily on many islands in the Caribbean.