Common Name: Jamaican Ebony
Jamaican ebony is a slow-growing, small, semi-deciduous tree with gracefully arching branches that transform themselves into a fountain of gold when they flower[
]. It grows about 8 metres tall[
The tree is exploited in the wild for its timber. It is often also grown as an ornamental in the tropics[
West Indies - Jamaica, Cuba.
Dry lowland woodland and coastal scrub[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a fertile, very well-drained soil[
]. Prefers a position in full sun, though it can succeed in most settings apart from humid shade where it seldom flowers[
]. Plants are very tolerant of salt-laden winds[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
The flowering of the tree is thought by local people to act as a forewarning of rain coming[
The wood is strong, fine-grained, very dense and hard with a dense heartwood that blackens with maturity to resemble ebony[
]. It is used to make musical instruments and other small objects[
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