Libidibia granadillo (Pittier) Pittier
Young tree growing at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida, USA
Photograph by: David Stang
Caesalpinia granadillo is an evergreen tree with a dense, vase-shaped crown; it can grow around 10 - 20 metres tall. The tree often branches from low down, forming a number of main stems[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is favoured for turnery and is also used locally in construction. It is often grown as an ornamental in gardens.
S. America - Ecuador, Venezuela.
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in full sun[
]. Succeeds in most soils so long as they are well drained[
]. Established plants are moderately drought tolerant[
The heartwood is dark red to chocolate-brown or nearly black, usually with fine pencil striping of parenchyma; it is sharply demarcated from the yellowish-or pinkish-white sapwood. The texture is medium to coarse; the grain straight to very irregular; lustre is medium to low; it is without distinctive odour or taste. A strong, heavy wood that is durable and highly resistant to attack by decay fungi; It is difficult to work, but finishes smoothly. It is used especially in turnery, where it works very well; and is also used locally in heavy construction work[
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