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LOOKING GLASS TREE
Heritiera littoralis

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Photo Locations: University of Miami - Miami- FL and Oahu, HI

General Notes

This tree is highly adapted to life on the seashore, this species even tolerates salt water from the highest tides, if flushed by fresh water. It develops wide-spreading, shallow roots, often forming sinuous, ribbon-like, smooth-barked plank buttresses in old age. Tree is used for timber and shipbuilding. The fruit is edible. Heritiera littoralis has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -2 (Low Risk).

 

Native to Old World Tropics.

Family: Malvaceae

Additional Common Names

LOOKING GLASS TREE, MIRROR LEAF, LOOKING GLASS MANGROVE, SUNDARBAN MANGROVE, TULIP MANGROVE

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.

Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 30 feet.

Width: 25 - 35 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Leaves Oval, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Green. Flowers in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Prolific, Brown Follicle, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.

Bark Light-Dark Gray, Scaly or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit, Leaves, Twigs and Bark.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.

Exposure Full Sun.

Wet to Moist Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Salinity Tolerance is Good Inland and on Coast.

Seaside Tolerance is Good.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Attracts Bees.

Special Uses & Values

Seaside Tree, Shade Tree, Screen Tree.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Heritiera littoralis Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/heritiera-littoralis >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.