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Clusia 'Autograph Tree'

Clusia 'Autograph Tree'

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The Clusia rosea 'Autograph Tree' is a striking and versatile houseplant admired for its thick, leathery leaves that can be inscribed with messages or "autographs," hence its common name. The broad, glossy, dark green leaves create a lush and tropical appearance. This plant exhibits a compact and bushy growth habit when young, but it can grow into a small tree over time. When fully mature, the 'Autograph Tree' can reach a height of 4-10 feet indoors.

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Clusia rosea

Common: The Autograph Tree, Copey, Cupey, Balsam Apple, Pitch-Apple, and Scotch Attorney

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Low-Bright, Indirect
  • Ideal Temperature: 65-85°F
  • Humidity: High
  • Water: When the top 2 inches of soil are dry
  • Fertilize: Fertilization is rarely needed. If you choose to fertilize, use a diluted, low-nitrogen cactus fertilizer once a year in the spring.
  • Preferred Soil: Well-Draining Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • Clusia rosea is drought-tolerant once established but benefits from regular watering during its active growing season.
  • Protect from temperatures below 50°F (10°C), as Clusia rosea is sensitive to cold and frost.
  • Prefers bright, indirect light or partial shade. Can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or late afternoon. Too much direct sun can scorch the leaves.

Plant Insights

  • Member of the Clusiaceae family, also known as the Garcinia family, is a diverse group of flowering plants comprising over 1,500 species.
  • Native to the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America.
  • This plant develops aerial roots that help it cling to surfaces or support itself, making it an interesting addition to landscapes or as a container plant.
  • Clusia rosea grows slowly, especially indoors. It can be pruned to maintain its shape and size, but avoid extensive pruning that can stress the plant.
  • The common name "Autograph Tree" comes from the fact that the thick, leathery leaves can be etched or written on with a sharp object, leaving a visible mark.
  • Pet Safe / Nontoxic
  • Medium Maintenance

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