Pitch-apple
Clusia rosea
Clusiaceae


Landscape Uses:

Not recommended for general landscape use. Native only to the lower Florida Keys, where it was probably extirpated and then reintroduced from cultivated plants.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Not recommended for habitat restoration projects. It is already over planted within its native range and escaping from cultivation elsewhere.
Availability:
Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).
Description:
Large tree.
Height:
Typically 20-50 feet in height. Often as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Monroe County Keys (Key West, Big Pine Key); the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.
Habitats:
Hammocks.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer. This is a hemiepiphyte, often rooting on other plants and then sending down aerial roots.
Nutritional Requirements:
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
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For more information, visit our Floristic Inventory of South Florida Database Online.


Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Emily Warschefsky
Emily Warschefsky
Emily Warschefsky
Rosimar Rivera
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