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Bursera microphylla (Elephant tree )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Bursera microphylla

Other names

Elephant tree

Genus

Bursera Bursera

Species

B. microphylla - B. microphylla is a tree-like, semi-evergreen, perennial succulent with a stout, fleshy trunk of papery white bark which exudes a milky sap when it peels, fern-like, pinnate, mid-green leaves and clusters of star-shaped, yellow or white flowers in summer.


Bursera microphylla is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Branching, Erect

Flower

White, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Mealybugs Aphids , Mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Remove older, lower leaves when they start to yellow.

Propagation methods

Seed, Stem tip cuttings


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Where to grow

Bursera microphylla (Elephant tree ) will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 1.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Conservatory, Containers, Gravel, Greenhouse, Indoor, Rock, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

In frost-free areas, grow in sharply-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. If container grown, overwinter indoors. Under glass, grow in cactus compost in full light. Water freely and feed at half-strength monthly; keep dry in winter.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Bursera microphylla

Other names

Elephant tree

Genus

Bursera Bursera

Species

B. microphylla - B. microphylla is a tree-like, semi-evergreen, perennial succulent with a stout, fleshy trunk of papery white bark which exudes a milky sap when it peels, fern-like, pinnate, mid-green leaves and clusters of star-shaped, yellow or white flowers in summer.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Branching, Erect


Colour

Flower

White, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Remove older, lower leaves when they start to yellow.

Propagation methods

Seed, Stem tip cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Bursera microphylla (Elephant tree ) will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 1.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Conservatory, Containers, Gravel, Greenhouse, Indoor, Rock, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

In frost-free areas, grow in sharply-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. If container grown, overwinter indoors. Under glass, grow in cactus compost in full light. Water freely and feed at half-strength monthly; keep dry in winter.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

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