Elephant Tree, Fragrant (Bursera odorata/fagaroides) potted tree, organic
Family: Myrrh (Burseraceae)
Hardy to Zones 10 to 12, otherwise grown as a potted tree and kept indoors for the winter
(Torchwood Copal, Torote blanco, Fragrant Elephant Tree) Woody perennial to 30 feet tall, native to Mexico. Source of burnable copal resin, which exudes from any wound and dries in amber tears. Rare in cultivation. Excellent for bonsai. Swollen trunks with humanoid skin and the excellent aroma make this a favorite of collectors. Bursera stay in leaf as long as they are being watered, and tend to go dormant when very dry. The best cultivation scenario is to plant in very fast draining medium, allowing them to go dormant and dry in winter and watering frequently in the summer. I have had these flower and go to seed in an unheated greenhouse in Zone 7. The Bursera fagaroides we have for sale here are sturdy trees grown from seed, approximately 12 inches tall, several years old, rooted in 6 inch deep pots, as per photo. Pot up to gallons on receipt. Planted on the landscape in warm zones, space at least 15 feet apart.
Potted tree, certified organically grown