Calophyllum Brasiliensis (Bush) – 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 of the Calophyllum Brasiliensis (Bush) – Brazil Beautyleaf are paler below. 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 round, 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 (Bush) – 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.
Besides the Calophyllum Brasiliensis (Bush) – Brazil Beautyleaf is among our top choices when it comes to privacy hedges, specially in south florida! A bonus tip for this specie is to mix it with the Pimenta Racemosa (Bayrum Tree) to achieve a great result