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CALABASH TREE
Crescentia cujete

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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

General Notes

Branches droop but resist breakage. Bears stale smelling flowers on its trunk. Fruit used as maracas.

Native to Central and South America.

Family: Bignoniaceae

Additional Common Names

CALABASH TREE, GOURD, PACKY

Tree Characteristics

Rounded Shape.

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. Apr 18, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/crescentia-cujete >

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