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.


Emily Warschefsky
Emily Warschefsky
Rosimar Rivera
Rosimar Rivera
Michelle Smith, 2018
In habitat, Ned Glenn Nature Preserve, Florida
Michelle Smith, 2018
In habitat, Ned Glenn Nature Preserve, Florida
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley

Emily Warschefsky