A Tree for Tourists

Scientists call it Bursera Simaruba, visitors with an exotic plant guide call it Gumbo Limbo, and Key West Natives call it The Tourist Tree.

Why? Well, due to Key West’s geographical location, the sun has a higher intensity than the majority of where our visitors come from. Which means, a lack of sunblock/ sun protection/ a loooooong day at the beach, and the rest of the vacation, you can see visitors with bright red, peeling skin very much resembling the bark of a Gumbo Limbo tree.

Want to see the tree in person? Several are located on the Little White House property!

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