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Clusia Rosea – Multitrunk

Pitch Apple


Pitch apple hedge description

Clusia Rosea (Pitch Apple) is a spreading, low-branching hedge or tree with a short trunk and rounded crown of dense foliage. Clusia Rosea reaches 25 feet (7.62 m) in height. Additionally, its simple leaves are opposite, entire, obovate, dark green, and leathery. The thick leaves measure 8 to 12 by 4 to 8 inches and resemble those of the southern magnolia tree.

In addition, the white and pink flowers borne on the branch tips are 2 to 3 inches wide and very showy. Also, the fleshy, light green fruit is about 3 inches in diameter. When the fruit becomes ripe, the capsule turns black, splits open, and reveals bright red seeds surrounded by black resinous pulp. This pulp was formerly used as a pitch to caulk boat seams, which gave the tree its common name.

The pitch apple fruit resembles mangosteen, to which it is related. Both the seeds and fruit are poisonous to humans, but birds eat the seeds. Propagation is by seeds or cuttings. No pests are normally seen on the plant.

Clusia Rosea hedge cultivation

Clusia Rosea bush (Pitch Apple) is a rugged plant, tolerant of various soil types. It grows faster in moist soils. As a tree or shrub, this plant is attractive for many landscape uses, in home gardens, parks, commercial plantings, and as a specimen tree in a large planter or espaliered. As a shrub it makes an interesting gnarly coastal/seaside screening, it is ideal for a xerophytic garden and one of the choice native plants for the South Florida coast.

Other names: Pitch Apple

🌳More popular and beautiful plants: Apple blossom tree

Additional information

Common Name

Pitch Apple

Florida Native

Yes, FL Native


Florida Keys, Bahamas & Tropical America

Flowering Season

All Year

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Slow Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Flower Color

Pink, White

Plant Type



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