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Leopard Tree Overview
The impressive Leopard Tree, Libidibia ferrea is grown in gardens for the dappled shade it provides and its beautiful trunk. The smooth bark exfoliates easily but incompletely, often leaving large dark brown patches against a light background, the reason for the common name. It is deciduous in cold climates and also known by the names Brazilian Ironwood and Morado. In moderate climates that experience light frost or dry summer climates, this tree is not a giant and ideal for small gardens, but if you plant it in climates similar to its natural subtropical habitat, the Leopard Tree may grows up to 15m tall. It can form an aggressive root system that mirrors the size of the tree above the ground. Beyond the garden, its wood is often used for guitar fingerboards, having a similar feel and tonal attributes to rosewood. It is also used in flooring and furniture applications.
How to harvest Leopard Tree
Generally not harvested, in Brazil the trees are harvested for timber.
How to propagate Leopard Tree
Sow fresh seeds in spring.
Special features of Leopard Tree
Can be planted into large containers.
Once established the effective root system help to survive dry spells.
Dainty leaves allow filtered sunlight through. In a cold climate, the leaves will drop at the beginning of winter.