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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE 9
  • FAMILY Clusiaceae
  • CATEGORY Shrubs, Vines, & Others

autograph tree (Clusia rosea)

A widely planted invasive tree that will spread from its initial plantings. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife of the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources has designated this species as one of Hawai'i's Most Invasive Horticultural Plants.

  • A tall tree up to 65 ft with smooth bark and epiphytic capability
  • The thick leaves (6 in long by 5.5 in wide) are wider at the top and grow in an opposite pattern
  • The white flowers (2.5 in) grow in cluster up to 3 and are short lived
  • Greenish brown, round seed capsules (3 in diameter) split into 8-9 parts revealing seeds within red plup
  • Naturalized on Kaua'i, O'ahu, and Big Island, present on Maui and Moloka'i; native to the Carribean Basin, Florida Keys, and Bahamas
  • Seeds dispersed by birds

Harm

  • Usually germinates on another plant, after the roots reach the ground it begins to strangle its host and eventually replace it
  • Thrives in a variety of environments in Hawai'i and will easily become widely distributed

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