A little trivia. In the Bahamas during the 19th century the wood
was known locally as Horseflesh Mahogany. It was described as a heavy
and rather hard wood, much valued for the framing of houses, high class
joinery and ship building. It was said to be impervious to all insects
and of great durability, having been found perfectly sound after a
century of exposure.
PRUNING... Can take severe top and root pruning. Readily back
buds on old wood. They are prone to heavy top growth, if not controlled
bottom limbs will become overshadowed and die back. Can be completely
defoliated to produce better ramification and smaller leaves.
TRAINING... Wire can be used, a very quick grower so let the wire
bite in a little before removal. A little scaring will grow out
WATERING... They like water but in a very well draining soil. If
dried out the leaves will fall off, they will come back, they are
LIGHT... Morning to early afternoon sun. The leaves will close if
heat stressed in too much hot afternoon sun.
FLOWERS... White/cream colored puff balls, like the Calliandra
and Mimosa, from spring into early summer, followed by long seed pods.
Keep pods removed to prolong flowering. Blooms on new wood so you
won’t get an abundance of flowers having to keep the tree pruned
back to maintain shape.
INSECT/DISEASE... Occasionally you might find some Aphids. They
are prone to powdery mildew and other fungi, especially if the leaves
repeatedly stay too wet at night.
REPOT... Minimum night temperatures, low 70's Fast grower, a
younger tree could need repotted every year.
FERTILIZE... Not a fussy eater, a well balanced fertilizer is all
that is needed. Be careful not to overfeed, that will make leaf
SEASONAL... True tropical, protect below 40 degrees. Best if kept
no lower than mid 50's. Leaves have a tendency to fall off with the
first cold, no problem they will grow back.
A fast growing tropical, which
closely resembles the Tamarind, hence its common name, Wild Tamarind.
The Lysolima latislqua, more commonly called the Wild tamarind is a
native to Southern Florida, Mexico, the Bahamas and the West Indies.
The Lysolima sabicu, more commonly called Horseflesh Mahogany is a
native to the West Indies.