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Clusia Rosea “Autograph Tree”

Latin name

Clusia rosea “Princess”


(“kloo-ZEE-ah ro-ZEE-ah”)

Common name

Balsam Apple


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

How easy am I to care for?

Buy one of my cousins from the nursery:

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.

All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant



Medium to high light.


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.

Mill Pond Nurseries,
Mill Road,
CM22 6AA

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