Trees and Shrubs forum: Learned about a new tree: Gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba)

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Name: Betsy
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Jan 12, 2016 1:51 PM CST
I was reading a book which has the Florida Keys as its location. When I came upon the tree 'gumbo limbo'...never heard of this one; so I got online and googled it at ATP and sure enough, there it was. What a neat tree with a most unusual name...learned something new.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Feb 24, 2016 1:44 PM CST
What'cha reading? Hiaasen?
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Name: Patty
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Mar 6, 2016 5:24 PM CST
It's a very cool looking tree too...looks sort of like it got sunburned and it's peeling!

I may have a picture somewhere....I DO!! This is from April of 2006 and was taken on Key Largo. All the 'reddish' trees are Gumbo Limbo's...guess they hadn't leafed out yet that spring.
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