Positive On Nov 13, , AridTropics from Chandler, AZ wrote: Among some of the rarer, more exotic tree species I had been researching, and looking to trial, this species was second on my list to obtain this year. While visiting a nursery in Tucson known for hard-to-find plants, I was gifted with a stocky, 15gal. Definitely not something to plant where anyone will brush up against it. On the other hand, old dead branches id pruned off my specimen make a great barrier and have kept the neighborhood cats out of various parts of the garden.
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Forma: Cultivar: Characteristics: The Brazilwood has attractive heart-shaped leaves and spiny zig-zag twigs. They have fantastic ridged and fluted trunks that are very distinctive. They are winter evergreen shrubs or trees. They can bloom virtually all year long in ideal conditions.
Brazilwood can survive in various habitats from tropical forests to desert scrub 1,4. In less ideal conditions it remains as a shrub-like plant and develops into a tree form with enough warm weather and water 4. Cultivation Notes: Brazilwood is generally propagated by seed and has an average growth rate. It successfully grows in enriched, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil. The soil should be allowed to dry for extended periods, but remain consistently moist during the growing season.
This tree grows best in hot, high sun conditions 2. The H. The brazilwood can flower virtually all year with warm and moist conditions.
It has a large, beautiful, impressive flower display that blooms profusely after a rainstorm. Due to the semi-hardy texture, they tend to be frost sensitive during the colder months. Ethnobotany: Brazilwood is utilized for its lumber as well as its medicinal properties. Logwood tea is known as an effective treatment for tuberculosis.
Because of its antibiotic properties, this tree has been used to treat fevers, inflammation, stomach pains, and other ailments. Mexican natives also used the heartwood of this tree to make instruments 4.
And to this day, a red dye made from Brazilwood is exported form several South American countries 4. This species is perfect for patios, as a specimen, or even as a background or border. Planting this species away from highly populated areas is important because of their sharp spines.
Height: 11 - 15 feet.