Clusia
Clusia lanceolata

Family: Clusiaceae
Genus: Clusia (KLOO-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: lanceolata (lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

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

Boca Raton, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Miami, Florida

Naples, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 22, 2014, FLTropicat from Ft. Myers, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This shrub or small tree blooms all year at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami. Blooms are also fragrant. Can be container grown (large container) for an interesting addition to your lanai or patio.

Positive

On Oct 15, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a typical species from the vegetation on the Brazilian sandy coastal plains, the environment known as "Restinga". Clusia lanceolata can be seen as the main vegetational component in many places, specially on relatively compact soils.

It has leathery dark green leaves, with a distinct petiole, unlike other Clusias that has almost sessile leaves. The leaves have also a white sap that may be irritatig, and definetly toxic if ingested.

The plant is unissexual, meaning that it can be male or female plants with different flowers. Both flowers are white, with a red spot in the middle, and a sticky resinous substance around the sexual aparatus. The male flowers have tens of short stamens forming a ball cut in a half, and the pollen comes out like toothp... read more