Qualea parviflora is a semideciduous tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow 6 - 10 metres tall. The cylindrical, slightly crooked bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood and tannins. A very ornamental tree, it is useful for street planting, especially for growing beneath electricity cables[
S. America - Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil.
Savannahs, especially on sandy soils[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in most soils if they are well-drained[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Newly planted young trees grow away slowly, scarcely reaching 150cm in the first two years[
The bark is a rich source of tannins[
The wood is light, soft, easy to cut and work with, with moderate mechanical properties but of low durability in the soil[
]. It is used for making canoes, toys and boxes[
Seed - it has a short viability and so is best sown as soon as it is ripe. Plants are intolerant of root disturbance, so sow the seed in individual containers and place in light shade. Germination rates are usually lower than 20%, with the seed sprouting in 25 - 50 days. Seedlings grow slowly, but should be ready to plant out within 10 - 11 months[
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