NO, GUMBO LIMBO IS NOT A SOUP.

Here is the lovely gumbo limbo: a semi-evergreen that tolerates droughts, pests and hurricanes but with wood soft enough to make carousel horses out of it (which they used to do until the plastic-mold kind came along). It’s called the tourist tree because the peeling red bark resembles a tourist’s sunburn (its other nickname is the sunburn tree). It’s easy to grow and maintain, with a 25 to 40-ft. height and spread. Likes the beach environment (salt-tolerant) but grows in fertile soil, too. Just doesn’t like the cold. If you have a gumbo limbo, good for you! If you don’t, why not treat yourself to a visit at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey? They have a ton of gumbo limbo. http://historicspanishpoint.org/

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