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Soldierwood is a small tree or shrub, commonly 10 – 20 feet in height with a slender trunk and branches; the crown is moderately dense and has an irregular shape. And, the bark is orange-brown, mottled, fissured and peels off in thin layers. Additionally, leaves are dark green, shiny, alternate, simple, entire, elliptic, 2 1/2 – 6 inches long. Also they have scattered gland spots near the margin.
Furthermore, flowers are borne in leaf axils, yellow green in color, blooms tiny about 1/16 inch long. Accordingly, fruit is globose, about the size of a peppercorn, orange red in color; and seeds are used for propagation.
Soldierwood has dark brown to yellowish, heavy, hard strong wood used for posts. A soft drink is made from the bark and sometimes the fruit; the drink also is said to have medicinal properties; also seeds are made into necklaces.
This plant does well in a range of soil types with good drainage. In landscaping, with pruning, Soldierwood can be a small specimen tree or large shrub in gardens or patios. It can be grown in a planter and in a native plant garden.
Other common names: Amole, Tzecui, Colubrina hondurensis