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Paradise Tree

Paradise Tree

Simarouba glauca

A tall, straight-boled tree with finely fissured bark. The leaves are pinnately compound, dark, and shiny green above and gray below. The flowers are yellow to cream-colored, with five sepals in terminal clusters. The fruit turns from red to purple to black at maturity.

Wildlife – The seeds are attractive to a variety of birds, and much of the fruit is consumed before ripening.

This tree has been cultivated commercially as a source of oil.