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Autograph Tree

Clusia rosea "Princess"

("kloo-ZEE-ah ro-ZEE-ah")


The Autograph Tree, also known as Clusia rosea "Princess", is a small shrub to full-sized tree, the plant has large, slightly fleshy leaves that grow in pairs. If you lightly etch words into the upper layer of the Clusia rosea leaf, the pattern will remain and grow with the plant - people sometimes sign their names (hence autograph tree) on the leaves or write messages that remain until the leaf dies and falls off. Mature trees have attractive pinkish-white flowers and can produce fruit, sometimes called balsam apples, but these are poisonous.  However, they are unlikely to occur on indoor plants.

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The fruit is toxic and it is best to assume that other parts of the plant are as well.


50-60cm. Indoor specimens typically range from 50cm - 1.5m, although in the wild they can grow to up to 6m.

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Country of Origin

The Caribbean islands, Central America and the northern most part of South America.

Habitat Conditions

Clusia grows in warm humid environments on rocky outcrops in hilly areas.  It is a hemi-epiphyte and starts life among the foliage of other trees or on rocks.  It produces strangling aerial roots that find their way to the ground, and which can completely overwhelm its host plant. As a houseplant, Clusia is strong and easy to care for. However, where it has been introduced as a garden plant in the sub-tropics, it has become a highly invasive species, causing severe damage to the native flora of Sri Lanka and Hawaii.

Plant Care


Medium - high 


The soil should be moist, but not wet and allowed to dry out a little between watering.


The plant can be pruned to shape and to encourage branching for a more bushy appearance.


Add dilute fertilizer to the water every time you water the plant.

Pest & Diseases

Clusia can be susceptible to Mealybugs and scale insects.  Mealybugs should be removed when cleaning the plant with a damp cloth or paper towel.  Scale insects can be removed by scraping them off with a blunt tool such as a wooden lolly stick. 

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