SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: LA County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, San Antonio Botanic Garden - San Antonio, TX, Foster Botanical Garden - Honolulu, HI and Tropical Gardens of Maui - HI
Branches droop but resist breakage. Bears stale smelling flowers on its trunk. Dried gourds often used for making maracas, a type of rattle used in many types of Caribbean and Latin music.
Native to Central and South America.
Additional Common Names
CALABASH TREE, GOURD, PACKY
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 20 - 30 feet.
Width: 25 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Elliptic, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Green or Yellow. Flowers in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Green Capsule, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.
Bark Gray, Rough.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Buffer Strip or Street Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Crescentia cujete Tree Record." 1995-2019. Aug 20, 2019.
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