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Clusia lanceolata, Porcelain Flower, Copey, Balsam Apple, Pitch Apple, Cerra cipapao apple

Clusia lanceolata

Porcelain Flower, Copey, Balsam Apple, Pitch Apple, Cerra cipapao apple
Family: Clusiaceae / Guttiferae
Origin: America
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsInvasiveSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Clusia lanceolata, or Porcelain Flower, is a delightful small tree native to America. Growing up to 10-20 feet tall, this charming deciduous tree features fragrant white to off-white flowers with a center of dark red and have a rich, glossy foliage. When these pretty blooms arrive, they draw different species of butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators to the area.

Clusia lanceolata require moderate water and can be placed in full sun to semi-shade positions. While it is tolerant of both high and low temperatures, this plant has some impressive hardiness and can tolerate a temperature of 30°F or below for quite some time. For those living in colder climates, they can still enjoy this low-maintenance and beautiful plant in a container.

Not only is Clusia lanceolata tolerant of different temperatures, it is also quite salt-tolerant and can be placed in seaside gardens or other similar locations. USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11 are ideal for this compact plant as its needs are met, but can still give off a decently sized shrub or small tree.

Additionally, to keep your Porcelain Flower in a healthier state, planting it in well-draining and nutrient rich soils can help the plant. When the summer heat arrives, a bit of extra water can go a long way for this ultra-hardy plant. Pruning is usually not necessary but can keep this species from becoming too unruly.

Overall, Clusia lanceolata is a hardy plant that can often withstand colder weathers, seaside, and require low maintenance. If you live in a USDA hardiness zone of 9 to 11 and want a fragrant and colorful addition to your garden, then this small, deciduous tree could be an excellent pick.


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