Toulicia laevigata is an evergreen tree with a large, dense, roundish crown; it can grow 6 - 9 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 20 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. Fairly ornamental, the tree can be used in urban landscaping, especially in streets and avenues[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Atlantic rainforest, especially in the more open, secondary growth areas, favouring well-drained, clayey soils[
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Succeeds in full sun to moderate shade[
]. Prefers a moist, clayey soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, heavy, hard to cut with moderate mechanical properties and not very durable when exposed to the elements. It is only used locally, being employed in construction as boards, window and door frames, for simple cabinet making etc[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 70 days[
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 6 - 7 months later[
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