Also known as Monkey pod or Manila Tamarind, and known locally as Kamachili, the P. dulce is a native of Mexico and was introduced and naturalized in the Marianas Islands. It is known to be growing in many tropical and subtropical regions, and also considered a weed in other regions.
A useful and beneficial tree not only as a shade tree, but also for use in live fencing, thorny/spines hedge, firewood, nitrogen-fixing in poor soils, honey production by bees and provides sweet fruit pulp that are edible and eaten and picked fresh from the tree. Flowers of the P. dulce attract honey bees and butterflies.
The P. dulce is a very hardy plant that can survive hostile hot and dry climates. It is tolerant to heat and salinity, drought resistant and tolerates very poor soils. Seeds are black and germinates in 1-2 weeks. Trees can grow large to over 20′ in height in ideal conditions and have tiny spines around its trunks and branches.
Plant seeds 1″ deep in porous well draining soil in small 3″ – 4″ planter cups/bags; place in sunny/warm location and keep moist.
Seeds packed fresh on date of purchase with planting instructions included. Planting information assistance is gladly provided on request.