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Bursera microphylla /Elephant Tree

Bursera microphylla   / Bursera microphylla
Leaves resemble those of legumes
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Leaves resemble those of legumes

Native to warm, arid regions of United States and Mexico

Can stand periods of drought

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Scientific Name: Bursera microphylla
Common Name: Elephant Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: A rare, small, shrubby, tree with an intricately-branched, short, thick trunk. When cut, the bark exuded resin and young leaves have the fragrance of camphor when crushed. The reddish-brown fruit, a drupe, matures in fall and splits into three portions. Is tolerant to droughty conditions.