Lysiloma Sabicu (Sabicu)

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Lysiloma Sabicu (Sabicu) is a medium to large-sized tree or shrub growing to 35 feet or more. In addition, it has gray-brown scaly bark peeling off in strips. It also has an upright but weeping, moderately dense, irregular crown. Leaves are delicate, green, alternate, pinnate, 4 to 8 inches long. Commonly, with 2 to 4 pairs of primary leaflets each bearing 3 to 7 secondary leaflets; which are oval or obovate in shape, rounded at the tip and about 5 to1 inch long. New leaves have a reddish color. Flowers are white or greenish-white, borne in tight heads about 5/8 inch in diameter and resembling a powder puff. The blooms have long showy stamens.

Furthermore, the fruits are elliptical or oval pods, brownish, 2 1/2 – 5 x 3/4 – 1 1/2 inches, containing multiple flattened seeds, used for propagation. Sabicu sapwood has a dense, durable, dark red color resembling true mahogany (or horseflesh), but more dense and hard. Moreover, specific growth requirements of sabicu are not available but data from the closely-related and similar wild tamarind (lysiloma latisiliquim), native to the Florida Keys and Bahamas, suggests sabicu is tolerant of a range of well-drained soils.

In landscaping, sabicu’s delicate foliage and attractive blooms make it a good choice tree for the seaside, street and specimen tree, and civic center plantings, as well as in large planters and xerophytic gardens. It is also a popular bonsai plant.

Additional information

Common Name

Horseflesh Mahogany, Sabicu

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Origin

Cuba & The Bahamas

Flowering Season

Spring

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Moderate Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color

White

Plant Type

Evergreen

Shape

Weeping

Gallons

25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

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