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Triplaris Cumingiana

Long John Tree


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Triplaris Cumingiana Tree Description

Triplaris Cumingiana (Long John tree) is a medium to large-sized tree which commonly attains a height of 50 to 70 feet, but can grow taller. It has an oblong, narrow, moderately dense crown. Furthermore, it develops small buttresses and has thin, multi-colored, mottled attractive exfoliating bark. In addition the leaves are ovate to oblong, smooth or slightly rough above and hairy beneath, 6 to 12 by 1 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches. Moreover, the male and female Long John tree flowers are found on separate trees. The flowers are borne in terminal clusters up to 12 inches long. Additionally, the blooms are tiny, white and green. Female flowers after pollination elongate and turn a rosy red violet color and are showy. The trees are grown from seed.

In addition, the attractive fruits are hard, winged, reddish to brown when mature. Also, the fruit measures about 1.25 to 1.75 inches long, and is carried away by wind.

Long John Tree Cultivation and Landscape Usage

Triplaris Cumingiana tree prefers deep fertile soils with organic matter and average drainage. It is harvested in the wild for its timber, the wood of general use locally. The striking leaves, flowers and fruits make Logn John tree a fine choice as a specimen or accent tree. The tree can be used for shade in the garden or park, and it can be grown along streets. The ant tree common name comes from the fact that ants favor colonizing it.

🌳Other popular and beautiful plants: Polyalthia Longifolia tree.

Additional information


25 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal.

Common Name

Long John, Ant Tree

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native


Panama To Peru

Flowering Season


Salt Tolerance

Low Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Fast Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color




Plant Type

Semi-Evergreen Dioecious Foliage Tree