Autograph Tree, Pitch Apple
neat looking tree that is very salt, wind, and drought
tolerant. Known as autograph tree because guests to your
home can scratch their name onto the surface of a leaf
and the mark will remain for quite a long time. The leaf
below was photographed in January of 2001.
Clusia, Autograph Tree, Pitch Apple
Various, aggressive roots can make the best
of any situation.
Water Requirements: High
Light Requirements: Full
sun to part shade.
Oval, thick, leathery leaves from 5-7" long.
drooping, 3" flowers with thick white and pink
petals and yellow stamens. Blooms during warmest months.
3" green pod that turns brownish and splits to
reveal black seeds in red flesh.
Good shade tree for dry locations or dry
locations near bodies of salt water.
Source: Native Florida Plants: Low-Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening