(Bursera simaruba)


Height : 40 ft.
Canopy Spread : 35 ft.

The Gumbo Limbo can easily be identified by its reddish-brown exfoliating bark. These trees usually grow to be about 40 feet tall and are an excellent shade tree. In addition it is recommended as a wind-tolerant species.

In the West Indies the resin has been used for making glue and varnish. In Haiti the wood is used to make voodoo drums called tambours. Since branches stuck into the ground will take root the Gumbo Limbo is also sometimes referred to as the Fence Tree.

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Gumbo Limbo with spreading canopy

Close-up of reddish-brown trunk

Close-up of Gumbo Limbo leaves

Close-up of peeling bark