Paradise Tree, Bitterwood
Simarouba glauca

Family: Simaroubaceae
Genus: Simarouba (sim-uh-ROO-buh) (Info)
Species: glauca (GLAW-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

Key West, Florida (2 reports)

Pompano Beach, Florida (2 reports)

Summerland Key, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Nov 23, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Paradise Tree is a medium to tall tree native to the tropical hardwood hammocks, shell mounds, and sunny areas from coastal central Florida (zone 9b) southward through the Keys. It is a canopy-forming species that is a componant of the canopy species of the tropical hardwood hammocks of central and southern Florida and provides shelter for wildlife among it's leaves and branches. It is an excellent native tree near the coast with plenty of sun to grow and may be very easy to grow, providing some shade and being valuable to wildlife. This tree is also found in the tropical hardwood hammocks and hammocks of Everglades National Park in the southern tip of Florida. This tree is superb for southern and central Florida, from Brevard County southward, as a shade tree that benefits wildlife! The f... read more