turpentine tree

Naming T’ings

Turpentine Tree

Naming T’ings Since I can remember I have been told that this sturdy, prevalent island tree was called a Turpentine tree. A search online, however, reveals that this Caribbean trees with reddish bark that peels is actually a Bursera simaruba, a.k.a. gumbo-limbo. Whichever camp you’re in, turpentine or gumbo-limbo, the local nickname is far better: … Read more