Bursera morelensis, native to Mexico and Guatemala, is an ethnomedical plant with healing properties. It is prized for its extraordinary color and can be used for bonsai. The pinnate leaves are aromatic with a strong scent of camphor.
This small evergreen tree grows to a maximum height of 10-20 ft. It needs full sun and moderate water. It is a deciduous plant and must be protected during winter in cold regions. It is hardy in USDA Zone 9-11.
In cold areas, Bursera morelensis can be grown in a container and protected by keeping it indoors during the coldest months. The plant should be watered regularly, but the amount of water should be limited and the soil should be allowed to dry between waterings. It should be fed with a balanced liquid fertilizer once or twice a month during the growing season. During winter, water should be limited even further.
In its natural environment, Bursera morelensis is able to self-propagate. When it grows in a pot, however, propagation is more difficult. If one wants to propagate it, it is best to propagate from cuttings from laterite or coral sand and cuttings will usually root in two to four weeks. Once the cuttings have rooted, they can be transplanted into the ground or into larger containers.
The Bursera morelensis is incredibly easy to grow and care for, and is a great choice for anyone looking to add a splash of color to their outdoor space. In addition it is a highly valued ethnomedical plant, with many healing properties that have been prized since ancient times.