SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Kauai, Hilo and Puna, HI
This plant is weedy. We do not recommend planting it in Hawai’i.
This soft-wooded tree has hollow, chambered branches and stems, watery sap, deeply palmately lobed leaves that shine silvery on the underside, and inconspicuous flowers. It is a fast-growing, short-lived tree that is naturalized on all Hawaiian Islands. The fruit can be eaten raw and the young buds cooked. The bark and leaves have many medicinal uses and the branches and leaf petioles can be used as blow tubes or trumpets. Cecropia obtusifolia has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 10 (High Risk).
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, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. green. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female reproductive parts (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." 1995-2021. Apr 16, 2021.
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