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Clusia, Small Leaf

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Clusia, Small Leaf

The Autograph Plant's botanical name is Clusia gutiffera. This plant gets its name from its tough, thick, leathery leaves that are strong enough that they can be carved into. The carving will remain until the leave falls off. The Autograph Plant is native to tropical Americas. This plant can grow in an environment with full sun to partial shade and is hardy and easy to maintain. Clusia gutiffera are relatively drought and salt tolerant.

  • Autograph plant is hardy and easy to grow
  • Exotic-looking thick, leathery leaves
  • Drought tolerant
  • Provides vibrant, tropical feel
  • Rarely blooms


            Easy To Grow

            Low Maintenance

            Drought tolerant

            Good For Containers

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              Ideal position:

              Full to Part sun

              3 to 6 hours morning sun best


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              Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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              Healthy Temperatures:

              Warm, tropical vibes of 65-90°F

              Grown indoors as a houseplant but can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5-11

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              Growth Outlook:

              Height : 11' - 18'

              Wide: Up To 18"

              Growth Rate: Slow

              Plant Spacing:  5' to 6' apart

              *Though you can trim the guttifera variety to stay about 5 or 6 feet tall, it can be allowed to grow much larger.

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              Pet Friendly - NO

              Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats, Toxic to Horses

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              Landscape uses

              • Hedge
              • Privacy screen
              • Shade around a patio or deck
              • Along a fence
              • Accent
              • By a walk or driveway
              • Small tree
              • Corner-of-the-house shrub
              • Under tall palms or pine trees
              • Container plant for pool, patio or deck
              • Backdrop for smaller plants
              • Single yard specimen

              Plant Care

              Add top soil (or organic peat humus) and composted cow manure to the hole when you plant.

              No trimming is needed. Water regularly (see each variety for specifics).

              Fertilize 3 times a year with a quality granular fertilizer.

              Plant spacing

              Spacing: Plant 5 - 6' apart