SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: San Luis Obispo, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Manhattan Beach, CA and Cal Poly State University Campus - San Luis Obispo, CA
Tolerates hot and dry winds. Some mature trees produce marble size fruits which drop and can be a nuisance. Some never fruit. It has a gray outer bark and an orange inner wood layer just underneath for which the tree is named. The leaves of Carrot Wood are both odd pinnate and even pinnate, depending on the individual. They are more often even, but often have a single terminal leaflet. This may be due to the fact that one of the terminal leaflets arborts during the development of the leaf, but people often observe Carrot Woods with odd pinnate leaves.
Native to Australia.
A Cupaniopsis anacardioides in Orange is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 28 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 31 inches and a crown spread of 31 feet.
Additional Common Names
CARROT WOOD, TUCKEROO, BEACH TAMARIND, GREEN-LEAVED TAMARIND
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 40 feet.
Width: 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Pinnately Compound Even, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
White. Flowers in Winter. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).
Orange or Yellow Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Light Gray, Rough.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 16 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Wet to Moist Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Coastal Good.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Moderate Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Armillaria. Susceptible to Invasive Shot Hole Borer, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
None Known Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered High.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cupaniopsis anacardioides Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 9, 2020.
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