This tree is not usually thought of as an ornamental, although it’s bark has an interesting interwoven texture with a bright red-orange hue. It’s form is almost always non-linear which makes one wonder how Native Americans made bows from it. It is dioecious and produces softball sized green-yellow fruits that have a strong citrus smell. Some say that if you cut the fruit in half and place it at the corners of the house, it might repel insects. The tree was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson and Lewis and Clark distributed it across the West; thereafter, it was important in fencing the Western landscape because of its durable wood. The tree is naturalized throughout the United States. What is it?
© Photo: M. Zarate Source: Tropical Plant Guides http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/plantguides/view.asp?chkbox=22742 This tree is found in the montane rainforests of South America and is classified as a near threatened species by the IUCN. Trees can reach over 60 ft. high with linear-lanceolate shaped evergreen … Continue reading