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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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