Exotic texture and drought tolerance make these two clusia varieties – rosea and guttifera – outstanding and unusual plants for home landscapes. The foliage is this plant’s feature characteristic. The leaves are thick and leathery and shaped like fat teardrops or paddles. Low-maintenance and trouble-free, these plants branch out close to the ground and can get very wide.
They’re excellent as hedges, large accent plants, or grow them as a wall of privacy and/or shade. Their salt-tolerant nature makes them ideal for a seaside home, and the unique foliage adds unique texture to a tropical garden.
Rosea is also known as “Pitch Apple”. With the biggest leaves, it’s often grown as a small tree or you can grow it as a very wide shrub. If you choose the tree-form, buy one already trained to a single trunk.
These shrubs are sometimes called Autograph Tree or Plant because you can scratch a name or initials onto a leaf and it will stay there forever…or as long as the leaf remains on the plant. Guttifera can be a lovely hedge or accent and is occasionally available in tree-form as well.
These salt-tolerant, evergreen shrubs will grow in full sun to part shade. They’re drought tolerant shrubs. Moderate to fast growers that do best in Zone 10. You can keep one in a container in Zone 9B to move indoors during cold weather. Rosea gets very big – as a shrub you can keep it 8 or 10 feet tall and wide. As a tree, you may want to let it grow as much as 25 feet.
Though you can trim the guttifera variety to stay about 5 or 6 feet tall, it can be allowed to grow much larger.
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