Manila Tamarind Live Plant (Pithecellobium dulce)
Pithecellobium dulce is a species of fast growing flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is native to the Pacific Coast and adjacent highlands of Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. It usually grows from 10 - 15 metres tall, but ranges between 5 and 18 metres. The tree is widely cultivated as an ornamental, shade-providing plant in the tropics also grown in S. America for its fruit and seed. The pods contain a sweet, pulpy flesh that surrounds the seed that can be eaten raw, boiled or made into a refreshing beverage. When mature, the pods split open at the lower suture exposing the edible pulp. For this reason the fruit does not keep long and has to be consumed within a few days.
Common Name: Manila tamarind, Madras thorn, monkeypod tree or camachile
Botanical Name: Pithecellobium dulce
Bloom Time/Fruiting: 2 to 3 Years
Maintenance Required: Moderate