SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Hilo, HI
Tropical. Rarely found in California.
This plant is weedy. We do not recommend planting it in Hawai’i.
This species is highly naturalized around Hilo on the Big Island where it was planted in a 1920s reforestation program. It's a fast growing large shrub or small tree with heart shaped, hairy leaves. It's native to India, Southeast Asia, and northwestern Australia and New Guinea. It is widely cultivated as a shade tree for timber seedlings and coffe plantations, as well as for cow fodder. Melochia unbellata has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 9 (High Risk).
Native to India, Southeast Asia, northwestern Australia, and New Guinea..
Additional Common Names
HIERBA DEL SOLDADO, TANGKAL BINTENOO
Erect or Spreading Low or High Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 15 - 40 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Heart-Shaped, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Green or Red.. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches).
Bark Gray, Rough or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Partial Shade.
Clay or Loam Texture.
Acidic / Neutral Soil pH.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Melochia umbellata Tree Record." 1995-2021. May 14, 2021.
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