Possum Wood, Sandbox Tree
Hura crepitans

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hura (HOO-ruh) (Info)
Species: crepitans (KREP-ih-tanz) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:

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:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Veined

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

West Palm Beach, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 9, 2007, willermet from sutton
Canada wrote:

collected seeds in mexico.
planted at home in canada.
germinated and grown very easily in my home, but my house is too small and winter is coming. shame to lose such a friendy plant! now over a meter tall and growing fast!!

Positive

On Oct 7, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a tropical tree from Central and South America rain forests. It can grow up to 30 meters, but in gardens with other big trees around, it hardly reaches more than 20 meters. Itīs also said to be medicinal, and I found several websites selling natural medicines and homeopathics made of Possum Wood. But, since itīs an Euphorbiaceae (a family full of poisonous plants), I donīt recomend using the leaves or the sap by yourself

The bark or covered with thorns, making it look like a Cotton Tree (Chorisia speciosa). It has triangular, bright green leaves with proeminent veins. These leaves are somewhat transparent, so if you look at them against light (like, from the ground, against the sun) you will see them glowing, and even form a distance, you can see the veins on each le... read more