SelecTree: Tree Detail
DEVIL'S HAND TREE
Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden - Berkeley, CA, Cal Poly Campus - San Luis Obispo, CA, San Marcos Growers - Santa Barbara, CA and Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, CA
Has unusual red flowers and woody capsules. Low water needs. Continual leaf drop. Develops surface roots.
Native to Guatemala and Southern Mexico.
A Chiranthodendron pentadactylon in Lassen Open Space, Santa Barbara is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 59 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 156 inches and a crown spread of 64 feet.
Previously listed in the Streculiaceae family.
Additional Common Names
DEVIL'S HAND TREE, MONKEY HAND TREE, MEXICAN HAND TREE
Spreading with a High Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 40 - 60 feet.
Width: 20 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Palmate, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Red. Flowers in Spring, Summer or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown Capsule, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall Wildlife use it.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit and Leaves.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 16 - 17 and 20 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Neutral to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as High.
None Known Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Chiranthodendron pentadactylon Tree Record." 1995-2020. Jul 11, 2020.
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