Cupaniopsis leaves
Cupaniopsis a.Brocolli tree
Cupaniopsis anacarodioides

This glossy leaved Australian native tolerates seascoast air, poor soil and drought. A perfect fit for Marina, although there are not many planted here (yet). Young carrot wood trees can grow quickly but growth slows as they mature. They are low care and are easy to prune to shape with a dense canopy of leaves. Carrot wood has a beautiful trunk structure as a multi trunk tree - similar to an olive. The inner bark is a bright orange hence the name 'carrot wood'. Flowers are insignificant. Mature trees produce an interesting orange fruit that splits in thirds to reveal black seeds. Some trees will produce more fruit than others - there is no way to tell at the nursery when making your selection!

This species (also called Tuckeroo) is considered an invading pest in Florida swamps and marshlands as it naturalizes quickly in those environments. Although it will reseed freely here (if it seeds at all), Marina does not provide the conditions to make this tree an invading species. Its low maintenance and growth habits make this a good local street tree selection.

Maximum height
20-30 feet
20 feet wide

Life Span
100+ years

Criteria for Ranking

1 (low) - 5 (high)

Drought Tolerance after first year establishment 5
Wind Tolerance 4*
Frost Tolerance 5
Surface Roots/Sidewalk Lifting 5
Power Lines Proximity

Cost/Maintenance 5
Disease Resistance/Hardiness 5
*note asterisk denote species will be shaped by a prevailing wind. Single trunk trained trees need more protection than multi-trunk to grow straight. Because of its dense canopy, this tree will show wind shaping in direct constant wind.
*note asterisk denotes species will reach power lines over time (very slowly). Some pruning will be needed to keep tree out of lines over time. Not a huge maintenance risk like a Monterey cypress though!
*Location De Forest has 3 Carrot Wood trees overpruned as giant brocolli florets near the church. A more natural looking tree can be seen off of Park street one block away.