SelecTree: Tree Detail
LOOKING GLASS TREE
Photo Locations: University of Miami - Miami- FL and Oahu, HI
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.
Additional Common Names
LOOKING GLASS TREE, MIRROR LEAF, LOOKING GLASS MANGROVE, SUNDARBAN MANGROVE, TULIP MANGROVE
Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.
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.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Salinity Tolerance is Good Inland and on Coast.
Seaside Tolerance is Good.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Special Uses & Values
Seaside Tree, Shade Tree, Screen Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Heritiera littoralis Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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