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The autograph tree has stiff, dark green or olive-colored leathery leaves that grow to about 8 inches long. The leaves are tough enough that they can be carved into, hence the common name “autograph tree.” It has long flower heads with pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer, followed by small green fruits that ripen to black and eventually split open to reveal bright red seeds. The seeds are very attractive to birds and other fauna. The autograph tree is commonly grown as an indoor plant. Where it is able to survive outdoors—in zones 9 - 11 it can be planted in spring or fall.

Botanical NameClusia rosea
Common NameAutograph tree, copey, balsam apple, pitch apple
Plant TypePerennial evergreen
Mature Size8 to 10 feet tall and wide (can reach 25 feet tall as a tree)
Sun ExposureFull sun
Soil TypeSand, clay, loam; well-draining
Soil pHSlightly acidic to neutral
Bloom TimeSummer
Flower ColorWhite or pink
Hardiness Zones9 to 11
Native AreaCaribbean

Clusia Rosea, Autograph Tree

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