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
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
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

Common names
  • Elephant's Ear
  • Monkey Ear
  • Ear Pod Tree
  • Caro Caro
  • Devil's Ear
  • Guanacaste

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