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Bourreria Succulenta

Strong Bark


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Bourreria succulenta (Strong bark) is a small tree or shrub native to the Florida Keys and the West Indies. It is an endangered wild species. It has a narrow, irregular crown, that spreads widely, typically to 15 feet (4.57 m) in height and can be as broad as tall in full sun. The trunk is erect reaching a diameter of 2 to 6 inches (15.24 cm), with thin, brown tinged with red, slightly rough bark. Furthermore, the leaves are alternate, entire, spatulate, a smooth shiny green, and up to 5 inches long.

Also, the white flowers are borne in clusters, somewhat showy about 1/2 inch wide. They attract butterflies and other insects. Strong bark is a nectar plant. Its edible fruit is globose, bright to reddish-orange, resembling cherry tomatoes, and attracts birds. Strong bark is propagated by seed. Moreover, the plant has medicinal uses.

In cultivation, Bourreria succulenta (Strong bark) grows well in moist, well-drained limestone or sandy soils with a humus layer. Strong bark is hardy once established. You can prune and train its spreading branches into a shrub or hedge. In landscaping, use Strong Bark as an accent or specimen tree. It is an excellent choice for a native home garden or park.

Additional information


25 gal., 45 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

Florida Native

Yes, FL Native


Florida Keys, Caribbean, Central America

Flowering Season

Most of the year

Drought Tolerance

Moderate to High Drought Tolerance

Light Requirements

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Salt Tolerance

Low Salt Tolerance

Flower Color




Plant Type


Common Name

Strong Bark