Clusia lanceolata is a small tree or shrub as a tree it commonly reaches a height of 8-10 feet. It is native to the sandy coastal plains of brazil. The crown is slightly irregular, rounded, easily shaped with trimming. Leaves are thick, leathery, glossy, bright green and lance-shaped (lanceolate) and about 3 inches long. Care should be taken with this plant because the leaves contain a white latex which is a skin irritant and toxic if ingested. Flowers are striking, 5-petaled, white rimmed with a reddish center, sometimes referred to as porcelain flowers, and attract bees and other insects. Fruits are red capsules, when ripe they drop orange cylindrical seeds, used for propagation but should be handled with gloves; propagation also can be by semi-hardwood cuttings. The seeds attract birds. This small tree grows well on soils of nearly pure sand/clay mixture and has average water needs. The bright green leaves and colorful flowers make this tree ideal in many garden settings, including seasides, and it is a good container plant. Clusia lanceolata was chosen by fairchild tropical garden as one of the plants of the year 2007.