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
USDA Zone: 10-12?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersInvasive plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSeaside, 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 10 to 12 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.

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Clusia lanceolata - Cerra Cipapau Apple

Wonderful shade tolerant bloomer! Gorgeous pink flowers with mauve throats that look almost artificial. The flower stays on the plant for a few days. The shrub has naturally round shape. Blooms from late winter through spring and summer. Perfect container plant or can be gown as a specimen in a small garden. Very rare, hard to propagate.

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
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