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Elephant Tree, Fragrant Bursera
Scientific Name: Bursera fagaroides Engl.
Family: Burseraceae
Elephant Tree, Fragrant Bursera (Bursera  fagaroides) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 24F (-4C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Northwestern Mexico to southern Arizona

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, up to 16 feet tall (4.8 m)

Watering Needs: Little water when established


There are about 50 species of Burseras in the world. The dried sap of some of the species sold as frankincense. Bursera fagaroides develops a swollen trunk, and can be a spectacular specimen. It is one of the most common Burseras of Mexico, and is probably one of the most common in the trade, which does not mean that it is frequently encountered.
The bursera fagaroides is protected in Arizona.

Elephant Tree, Fragrant Bursera (Bursera  fagaroides)

Cultural Practices:
The Elephant Tree can be trained as a bonsai.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
The fruit is brown maturing in late fall. The seeds are red, and germinate quite easily.

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