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Torote Prieto, Copal
Scientific Name: Bursera hindsiana (Benth.) Engler
Family: Burseraceae
Torote Prieto, Copal (Bursera  hindsiana)
Bursera hindsiana in Art Pacheco's collection
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-10

Frost Tolerance: Semi-hardy in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Western Mexico (coastal Sonora, Baja California) in washes and desert hillsides

Growth Habits: Deciduous shrub or small tree, up to 12 feet tall (3.6 m)

Watering Needs: Moderate water when in growth


The leaves are simple or with 3 leaflets. They have scalloped margins. The trunk is smooth and reddish grey.

Torote Prieto, Copal (Bursera  hindsiana)

Blooming Habits:
The Torote Prieto blooms in the fall, with tiny flowers. They are followed by ovoid fruits, up to 0.5 inches long (1.2 cm). The seeds are edible with caution.

Fruiting Habits:

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