Characteristics of Clusia Tree (Clusia rosea) in the Wild
Published by Admin on 04/21/2021 In category Flower Tree
Clusia or Autograph Tree (Clusia rosea) is a tropical and sub-tropical plant species in the genus Clusia. This tree is often referred to as Clusia major, but that is wrong.
Clusia grows as a hemiepiphyte tree, that is, it grows as an epiphyte on rocks or other trees early in its life and resembles the strangulation fig tree (Ficus). Clusia rosea is a tree native to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Hispaniola, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Florida.
In Sri Lanka, Hawaii, and many other tropical countries, the clusia tree is classified as an invasive species.
It was named the Autograph Tree because the thick leaves of the clusia were often scrawled with pointed objects for ancient people’s signatures, and the signature strokes lasted long until the leaves became old (years).
Clusia is also known as Mamey silvestre in Spain, Clusier or l’arbre autographe in France, and Balsamapfel in Germany.
Characteristics of Clusia Leaf
Wide ovoid leaves, 6-18 cm × 12 cm in size, rounded edges, thick, smooth edges, dark green on top, and lighter at the bottom.
Characteristics of Clusia Flower
Flowers 7-10 cm in diameter, 7 petals, and pink to white.
Characteristics of Clusia Fruit
Round fruit, 9 cm in diameter, orange flesh (aril), this fruit is often eaten by birds.
Characteristics of Clusia Tree
Clusia is a tree that can grow to medium size, it can reach a height of 5-15 meters (rarely 20 m) in the wild. However, when planted in pots, they do not exceed 2 meters in height in the tropics and can only reach 5 cm in diameter in 50 years.
Due to the very slow growth of clusia in tropical climates, this tree was chosen as an ornamental tree for narrow yards and strategic places such as office yards and shopping centers.
Clusia is also suitable for planting in coastal areas, because of its tolerance to salt.