Bursera hindsiana copal
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Bursera hindsiana is endemic to Baja California Mexico,
Description: The Red Elephant Tree (Bursera hindsiana) is a grotesque, spreading, pachycaul shrub 2-3.5 metres tall, eventually becoming a small tree to 5 m tall, deciduous with smooth reddish twigs and light reddish-grey multi-trunk especially visible during deciduous drought periods. In cultivation the seedlings quickly develop a swollen stem (caudex) above the soil line which is always an impressive sight. Great plant for bonsai. All parts of Bursera hindsiana ooze a resinous aromatic gum when damaged or cut. This resin, commonly known as copal incense, is occasionally used in perfumes, incense, and oils. The copal incense can be burned on a incense burning disk, its smell is said to calm and clear the mind.
Stem (caudex): This species develops one or multiple swollen short, trunk(s), the bark is very attractive, young bark dark red-brown, old bark grey-red, smooth, not peeling. Twig are widespreading, and reddish brown.
Cultivation and Propagation: Bursera hindsiana is a striking drought-resistant shrub or small tree fairly easy to grow both indoors, as well as outdoors. It has potential as a landscape subject in the cactus and succulent garden essentially frost-free areas. In the winters it is deciduous
Soil: Not picky about soil it do well in a draining cactus potting mix.
Hardiness: Hardy to -4°C they prefer a dormant, winter rest period, but for safe cultivation it is best to avoid temperatures below 5° C.
Exposure: It needs full sun.
Waterings: It needs regular water when the plant has leaves, contrary to popular belief, it likes a lot of water in the warm summers to encourage faster growth, as long as it's planted in a very well draining soil. Indoors it is best to err on the dry side, or it is prone to rot.
Bonsai culture: It can be trained as a bonsai, pinch and prune plants in spring and summer but taper off in autumn so the tree can store energy for the winter instead of using it to put on new growth before resting.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz