Clusia orthoneura
Common Name: clusia 
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Clusiaceae
Native Range: Colombia
Zone: 11 to 12
Height: 4.00 to 8.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: Seasonal bloomer
Bloom Description: Pink and red
Sun: Part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Evergreen
Other: Winter Interest


Winter hardy to USDA Zone 11 where it is best grown in consistently moist but well-drained soils in part shade. Intolerant of frost. May be grown indoors as a houseplant near windows with bright but indirect or filtered sun.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Clusia orthoneurais an epiphytic shrub native to tropical areas of South America. It typically grows to 4-8' tall. It produces air roots which enable the plant to climb over other plants. Ovate leathery leaves (to 4-6" long). Pink and red flowers bloom at the branch tips throughout the year.

Genus name honors botanist Charles de l'Ecluse (d. 1609). Clusius was his Latinized name.

Specific epithet means with straight veins.


No serious insect or disease problems.


Garden specimen where winter hardy. Good houseplant.