Calophyllum Brasiliensis (Brazil Beautyleaf)

Brazil Beautyleaf

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Description

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Calophyllum Brasiliensis (Brazil Beautyleaf) has an erect, cylindrical trunk. It reaches a height of 45 feet (13.72 m). It has a dense, rounded crown. Additionally, the thick dark maroon to brownish bark, has thin furrows, peeling off in small rectangular flakes. Also, the aromatic inner bark is reddish, exudes a sticky yellowish latex.

Furthermore, the leathery dark green leaves are paler below. They are opposite, elliptical to obovate, smooth and glossy. The leaves measure 2 to 4.5 by 1.5 to 2.5 inches. Flowers are borne in inflorescences 3 to 4 inches long; the numerous aromatic white blooms are about 1/2 inch wide. Fruits are rounded, green, maturing to brown and about 1 inch in diameter bearing a single seed; these are used for propagation and also serve as hog feed. The latex and bark have medicinal use. The reddish-brown wood resembles mahogany and has similar uses.

The Calophyllum Brasiliensis (Brazil Beautyleaf) in nature grows well in wet humid sites, but in cultivation also on sandy, limestone soils. The species is grown for its attractive wood. The wood has uses for both outdoor and indoor constructions. It is also durable in contact with soil and water. In landscaping, plant it in various sites to display its attractive evergreen foliage and showy flowers. It is also a good shade tree.

Additional information

Common Name

Brazil Beautyleaf

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Origin

Florida, West Indies And Northern South America

Flowering Season

Spring-Summer

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Fast at First Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Flower Color

White, Yellow

Shape

Wide Canopy

Plant Type

Evergreen

Gallons

25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.