Elephant Tree, Fragrant (Bursera odorata/fagaroides), packet of 3 seeds, 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.  Cultivation:  Standard culture for dryland tree species–use a fast-draining mix, plant the seed 1/4 inch deep, tamp securely and keep warm, in the light and evenly moist until germination, which can take months.  Work up seedlings in pots.  Use Cactus mix. Start with a 4-inch pot, then go up to a gallon and finish in 3-gallon pots.  Outdoors (dry tropics), space 15 feet apart.

Packet of 3 seeds, certified organically grown

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