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Pithecellobium dulce - Manila Tamarind, Guamuchil

This tree in the legume family grows to 5-15 m in height. It bears fruits with an edible pulp and it is used medicinally and as a shade tree. It is easy to grow, with elegant foliage and moderately spiny branches.

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This tree in the legume family grows to 5-15 m in height. It bears fruits with an edible pulp and it is used medicinally and as a shade tree. It is easy to grow, with elegant foliage and moderately spiny branches. It adapts well to pot cultivation and it can be trained as a bonsai. Pithecellobium dulce is native to Central America and Northern South America. According to Wikipedia: "The seed pods contain a sweet and sour pulp which is eaten raw in Mexico, the Philippines, Pakistan, and India as an accompaniment to various meat dishes and used as a base for drinks with sugar and water ('agua de guamúchil')."



The picture of the fruit is from Wikimedia Commons: By Dick Culbert from Gibsons, B.C., Canada - Pithocellobium dulce, known as Guamuchil, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34450784
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Plant origin America
Presentation Potted Plant
Max. Size 300cm & more
Botanical family Caesalpiniaceae
Light Sun
Minimum winter temperature -10 ºC to 0 ºC
Plant type Woody
Color Red
Color Black
Care Pot
Shape Trees
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