The gumbo limbo is instantly recognized by the red to silver-red peeling
bark that it displays and the distinct smell of turpentine. It is
tolerant of a wide variation of soil types and moisture, but is not
frost hardy. It can reach heights of 50 feet or more. In the spring
it blooms very small (3/16 inch) green flowers, and in the summer
it produces red, half-foot long, foot ball shaped fruit that are much
sought after by parrots and mockingbirds.