Elephant's Ear (Enterolobium cyclocarpum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 82 to 115 feet
Plant Spread: 8 to 10 feet or more
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Briefly deciduous during the dry season, December to February.
Fruit: Showy
Other: Fruit is large, 2 3/4 inches - 4 3/4 inches and usually contains between 8 and 20 seeds.
Fruiting Time: Late winter or early spring
Winter
Other: Small green pods appear @ nine or ten months after flowering, they reach full size by February and finally begin to ripen in March, a full year after flowering. Fruit ripening lasts from March to April.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Shade Tree
Suitable for forage
Useful for timber production
Edible Parts: Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Cooked
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Resistances: Humidity tolerant

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Fruit Identification by Kari Feb 16, 2017 10:53 AM 3
Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Feb 8, 2013 9:39 PM 130

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