Range: South Florida & Tropical America
Gumbo limbo is one of the fastest growing and most versatile Florida native trees. Widespread in the tropical Americas, it is sometimes called the tourist tree because its bark is red and peeling, like a sunburn. Fenceposts made from its wood are often used to create “living fences,” because gumbo-limbo has the unusual ability to regrow roots and branches from pieces of wood. Soft and easy to carve, its wood has been used to make many kinds of crafts including carousel horses. Calusa Indians and others used the sticky bark resin to trap songbirds for food or trade.