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The Amphitecnia Latifolia (Black Calabash) a small tree or shrub of variable height and spread, depending on growth form. It has gray, rough furrowed bark. Calabash is a general term referring to gourds, typically dried and used as water vessels. It is a common home garden tree in the tropics, and is related to crescentia species which produce a smaller fruit.
In addition, this evergreen tree or shrub has a dense crown. The dark, glossy and green elliptical leaves measure up to 7 inches (17.78 cm) long. While, the branches are upright and are susceptible to breaking. It produces 2 inches (5.08 cm) long, non-showy purplish-white blooms and flowers. Likewise, fruits are invisible, round, green, fleshy 3to 6 inches (15.24 cm) long; the interior white flesh and seeds are edible. The dried pod becomes woody and constitutes the gourd. Propagation by seed, cuttings or air layering. A hardy plant, it tolerates a range of soil types providing they are well drained. It has no serious pest or disease problems.
In landscaping, Amphitecnia Latifolia (Black Calabash) is an excellent choice for a seaside garden. It can also be used as a buffer in parking lots. It also makes a good wind barrier or is privacy hedges.