elephant tree Burseraceae Bursera
microphylla A. Gray
|Leaf: Alternate, pinnate, drought deciduous, 11-21 ovate to lanceolate, entire, 1/4 inch long leaflets per leaf, 1 to 1 1/2 inches overall, with a camphor-like odor.
Flower: Small, creamy white, borne on long stalks, usually clustered in 3's, midsummer.
Fruit: Reddish brown, maturing late fall, 1/3 inch long, splitting into 3 pieces at maturity.
Twig: Resinous and stout, reddish brown.
Bark: Tight and smooth, very attractive, outer layer pale creamy white to gray-brown, peeling to reveal gray-green (photosynthetic), innermost bark reddish, spouting resin when cut.
Form: A shrub or small tree, to 16 feet, widespreading, with a very short, thick, trunk.
Looks like: copal
- fragrant bursera
- torote blanco
| Additional Range Information:
Bursera microphylla is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting elephant tree.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson