Leopard Tree

Libidibia ferrea

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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. In moderate climates that experience light frost or dry summer climates, the leopard 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 grows to 15 m tall with an aggressive root system that mirrors the size of the tree above the ground. It is deciduous in cold climates.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested, in Brazil the trees are harvested for timber.

Propagation

Seed

Sow fresh seeds in spring.

Special features

Pot plant

Can be planted into large containers.

Drought resistant

Once established the effective root system help to survive dry spells.

Attractive leaves

Dainty leaves allow filtered sunlight through. In a cold climate, the leaves will drop at the beginning of winter.

Special features

Origin

South America, Brazil, Bolivia

Natural climate

Subtropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Fabaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free

Companion plants

Leopard trees are forest trees and grows comfortable in small spaces or close to other trees.
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