Gumbo Limbo Tree

(6 customer reviews)
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    16 inches wide. Made with recycled plastic and natural materials. Weather resistant, insulating, frost resistant, chip and crack resistant. Includes plug and saucer.

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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Scientific Name: Bursera simaruba

Common Names: Gumbo Limbo, Copperwood, West Indian Birch, Chaca

Overview: The Gumbo Limbo is not a very common plant to find in homes, but if you decide to keep it, you will be able to get the most out of its aesthetic and functional value. These plants are also resistant to drought, which means that they can survive on minimum care. 

Recently Shipped Gumbo Limbo Tree


This Carribean Queen will give any Patio Tropical Vibes

The Bursera Simaruba is native to Southern Florida and the Caribbean. It is best suited to tropical climates and can grow up to 30 feet. The Copperwood tree is famous for its easy-to-maintain nature, and can quickly grow into a large lush shade tree. 

The tree has glossy green foliage with oblong-shaped leaflets. Not only is the tree very aesthetic, but also very useful, as copper wood can be used in construction. Other parts of the tree, such as the resin, can be used as glue. 

Having a West Indian Birch is an excellent addition to your home and the best aspect about this plant is that it is straightforward to grow. Just adhere to this care guide, and you will be good to go. 

Caring for your Gumbo Limbo 

The Gumbo limbo is popular for people with backyards and those who want to grow plants that will provide shade in the summer. Please choose the best spot and meet all its care requirements for the best benefits. 


This tree thrives when you keep it under the full sun. As it is native to tropical areas, it requires the most sunlight possible. It is best to grow it outdoors rather than inside your home. If you cannot give the plant direct sunlight then you can keep it in partial shade and that will be plenty for the plant to grow big. 


To grow the Gumbo Limbo, you must ensure that you choose the right soil. It will reach full growth if you keep it in moist, dry soil that is also well draining. However, these plants are not very picky and will survive in other types of soil, such as clay, sand and loam. It is best to choose alkaline soil as that helps the plant grow tall and strong. 


If you forget to drink water yourself, it is likely that you will forget to water the plant. But the Chaca tree will not mind that as it is drought tolerant and can survive on very little water. During water intervals, you can wait for the plant to dry out before completely watering it the next time. Do not plant the tree next to a sprinkler, as it might take more water than it should. 


If you want the plant to have optimal growth, then you can use a granular fertilizer and use it every six months or thrice a year. The plant will grow quicker if you give it the right amount of fertilizer. 

Common Issues

The Gumbo Limbo is a very resistant plant. Pests or diseases do not easily damage it, but there are some that can cause problems. Here are all the pests and diseases you need to look out for: 


The West Indian Birch is affected by pests such as Longhorn beetles. The longhorn beetle is an insect that can leave small holes in tree trunks, and that can cause damage to your tree. It is important for you to get rid of them as soon as possible, so they do not cause further damage. Use insecticidal soap to wash them away. 

Other than that, you may even find Croton scale infestation on your leaves and stems that can be very dangerous for your plants, and it is best to remove all the affected parts and treat the rest of the plant with an insecticide. 


Some of the most common diseases include Brown spots, leaf deformity and leaf scorch. The brown spots can be treated by removing the part that has these brown spots. You can do the same if your leaves are deforming and take care of the plant’s water intake to nurse the rest of the leaves back to health. 


Your Gumbo Limbo will not require a lot of pruning. However, if you want the best growth and a good shape, then you can prune it with clean shears. Do not prune your tree unnecessarily, as that can affect the growth of the leaves. If you prune the lower part of the tree, then you may cause the plant to go into stress. 


If you want the plant to germinate as quickly as possible, then you must propagate it using a seed. However, there are other ways to propagate the plant, and you can do that by using cuttings, but it is seen that all the trees grown from seeds have a much better shape than those grown with plant cuttings. 


If your plant grows twice in size, then you can report it. It is possible for that to happen once every year as this plant grows more quickly. If the plant has outgrown its pot, then it will not be able to absorb nutrients the right way. 

Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a

Sun Exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height

20 ft


20 ft – 30 ft

6 reviews for Gumbo Limbo Tree

  1. Bill (verified owner)

    Top was broken. I put it in to moist soil hoping it regrow. Remaining tree seem fine.

  2. CHRIS H. (verified owner)

  3. Helen F. (verified owner)

    I was really happy with trees when they arrived The gumbo limbo looks nice. Will plant them it next week.

  4. Whanda Duran (verified owner)

  5. Robert Bleak (verified owner)

  6. THERESA TULLER (verified owner)

    The tree arrived safely shipped, and it is beautiful and healthy.

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Why others chose the Gumbo Limbo Tree

We live in Florida and love this tree it is popular all over key west