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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.
Generally not harvested, in Brazil the trees are harvested for timber.
Sow fresh seeds in spring.
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.
South America, Brazil, Bolivia
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Generally problem free
Leopard trees are forest trees and grows comfortable in small spaces or close to other trees.