Dwarf Clusia (Clusia fluminensis) is a tropical evergreen shrub native to South and Central America. It is commonly found in Brazil, Paraguay, and parts of Central America, and is known for its versatility and attractive appearance. This plant is a great choice for those who are looking for a low-maintenance shrub that is perfect for growing in seaside locations or in areas where salt tolerance is a requirement.
Dwarf Clusia can be grown as a large shrub, reaching 5-10 ft in height and 2-5 ft in width, or as a small bonsai, making it an ideal choice for gardeners with limited space. The shrub is well-suited to full sun, semi-shade, or shade, and is known for its small, leathery leaves that are pear-shaped and may be tinted red or purple when young.
During the summer months, Dwarf Clusia produces clusters of light pink, white, or off-white, fragrant flowers that are sure to add a touch of beauty to any garden. The plant is a tough, salt-tolerant species that can withstand short periods of time in temperatures as low as 30F, making it suitable for growing in USDA Zone 10-11.
When it comes to caring for Dwarf Clusia, moderate water is required, and the plant should be fertilized every four to six weeks to promote optimal growth. Pruning is not required, but it can help to maintain the desired size and shape of the shrub.
In cold regions, Dwarf Clusia should be planted in a container and placed in a location that receives at least some winter sun and is protected from drying winds. A layer of mulch can be used in winter to help moderate the temperature of the soil, and during dry spells, container-grown plants should be watered deeply and more frequently to ensure they receive the moisture they need to thrive.
Dwarf Clusia is a versatile, low-maintenance shrub that is perfect for gardeners who are looking for a tough, salt-tolerant plant that is both beautiful and easy to care for. Whether grown as a large shrub or as a bonsai, Dwarf Clusia is sure to add a touch of tropical beauty to any garden.