SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Oahu, Maui and Kauai, HI
Large, fast-growing tree suited only for parks, large estates, open spaces. Agressive roots can list and crack infrastructure. Thrives without much care and attains impressive size. A very large specimens grow in Koloa Town, Kauai.
Fruit and bark used for soap, the bark is also used for cold medicine and a gum that can be substituted for gum arabic. Seeds are toasted and eaten. Wood used for panelling, furniture and veneers. Seeds used for leis and other jewelry.
Enterolobium cyclocarpum has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 3 (Evaluate).
Native to Tropical Americas.
Additional Common Names
ELEPHANT'S EARPOD, EARPOD, ELEPHANT'S EAR TREE, CARO CARO, MONKEY-EAR TREE, DEVIL'S EAR, PICH, CONACASTE
Erect with a High Canopy.
Has Partly Deciduous foliage.
Height: 100 - 125 feet.
Width: 75 - 90 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Green, Golden or Yellow or Orange, Partly Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Green, White. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Prolific, Glossy-Dark Brown Legume, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Spring or Summer.
Bark Light Brown, Orange or Rosy, Rough or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit and Leaves.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.
Exposure Full Sun.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Dry-wood Termites. Susceptible to Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen Tree, Xerophytic, Shade Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Enterolobium cyclocarpum Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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