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Bursera microphylla

Elephant Tree

Torote Colorado, Copal
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Scientific Name Bursera microphylla
Principal Common Name Elephant Tree
Common Name(s) Torote Colorado, Copal
Description The Elephant Tree has a succulent trunk. Its fruits and bark are reddish brown. The tiny pinnate leaves are aromatic with a strong scent of camphor. It loses its leaves when the temperature becomes too cold, or the ground too dry. It is one of the least cold sensitive species of this tropical family.
General Comments This is a rare plant. All U.S. populations should be protected. This species is state-listed as Highly Safeguarded in Arizona.
Nativity S California, Arizona,Mexico
Height Range 14 - 0 FT
Spread Range 30 - 0 FT
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones
USDA Zones 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b
Leaf Color Medium Green
Leaf Texture Fleshy : Shiny : Thick
Form Shrub : Small Tree : Succulent
Flower Color Creamy White : White
Flower Time Summer
Ease of Growing Average : Difficult
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun)
Soil Preferences Well-drained
Watering Preferences Sparse
Outstanding Features Drought tolerant : Form : Shape

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