Fragrant Bursera (Bursera fagaroides)

Native to the Sonoran Desert and subtropical scrub habitats of Mexico and Arizona this tree is also called torchwood copal because of its fragrant resin. The tree was initially sold to me as Busera odorata, which according to the online Encyclopedias of Living Forms ( is a synonym for the accepted scientific name Bursera fagaroides.

August 2, 2020:
The tree today.
April 24, 2013:
Baked potatoes! The tree when it first arrived together with a Ficus petiolaris from Botanic Wonders. I still have both trees, which have put on a lot of growth in the ensuing years.
April 24, 2013:
The tree in a bonsai pot.
February 14, 2015:
The tree about two years later showing inverse taper at the base.
April 25, 2016:
Planted in a deeper pot.
July 27, 2016:
Inverse taper still visible at the base.
April 8, 2018:
Begin third repot.
April 8, 2018:
Poor root system.
April 8, 2018:
Branch-pruned and covered inverse taper by planting deeper in the pot.
May 12, 2018:
July 20, 2018:
More growth.
September 30, 2018:
A lot more growth.
September 30, 2018:
December 15, 2018:
June 8, 2019:
Developing into a small tree.
July 26, 2020:
The tree at the end of July.
August 1, 2020:
August 2, 2020:
The tree today from the opposite side. I still haven’t chosen the front/back.

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