SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Kauai, Hilo and Puna, HI
This soft-wooded tree has hollow, chambered branches and stems; watery sap; deeply palmately lobed leaves that are shining silvery white-hairy on the underside; and minute flowers crowded into cylindrical spikes, several of which are gathered at the end of a common stalk borne axillary to a leaf. It is a fast-growing, relatively short-lived tree that forms a high, open canopy that casts little shade. The species is an aggressive colonizer of disturbed sites, hoever, and is a potentially troublesome weed in Hawai'i. It is discouraged to use in areas where it is not already found.
The fruit is eaten raw and the young buds are occasionally eaten as a pot herb. The bark and leaves have many medicinal uses and the branches and leaf petioles can be used as blow tubes or trumpets.
WRA score 10, NA
Native to Southern Mexico to Ecuador and Colombia.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Additional Common Names
GUARUMO, TRUMPET TREE, CECROPIA, SNAKEWOOD TREE, TREE-OF-LAZINESS, POP-A-GUN
Compact and Erect with a High Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 40 - 60 feet.
Width: 15 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 or More Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Deeply Palmately Lobed, Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Yellow Green. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Few, Tan to White Achene, Very Small to Small (Under 0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Spring or Summer Edible.
Bark Grey to Brown, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit and Leaves.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic / Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good to Medium in Mild Zone.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Weak.
Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.
Special Uses & Values
Espalier, Hedged or Topiary.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cecropia obtusifolia Tree Record." 1995-2020. Apr 6, 2020.
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