Bursera

 

Bursera is a small American genus related to frankincense and myrrh. Their wood is also very odoriferous, and their sap is sometimes collected by indigenous people. Species from this genus are excellent candidates for succulent bonsais. Most of the species have thickened trunks, often with decorative barks. The genus name Bursera is named after J. Burser, a 17th century botanist.

Most species cannot take heavy frost, but they resist well even to Arizona sun, provided they get enough water. They are often deciduous in winter or in time of drought. Cut then down on the water.

Propagation is by seeds or cuttings, cutting might not develop a caudex.

Species and varieties
Bursera copallifera
Bursera fagaroides (Elephant Tree, Fragrant Bursera)
Bursera hindsiana (Torote Prieto, Copal)
Bursera microphylla (Elephant Tree, Torote Colorado, Copal)
Bursera odorata (Torote Blanco, Elephant Tree)
Bursera simaruba (Gumbo Limbo Tree)
Bursera simplicifolia (Torote Prieto)
Bursera bonairensis synonym of Bursera simaruba (Gumbo Limbo Tree)
Bursera gummifera synonym of Bursera simaruba (Gumbo Limbo Tree)
Bursera ovalifolia synonym of Bursera simaruba (Gumbo Limbo Tree)

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