A picture of a Pochote

Pochote

Pachira quinata

Pachira quinata fruit by Wendy Cutler (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20m

Max

4m

1m

Min

1m

7 years to reach maturity

Flowering

More images of Pochote

A hand holding a white Pachira quinata flower
The spined trunk of a Pachira quinata tree

Pochote Overview

Pachira quinata is a tender perennial species in the mallow family, Malvaceae, that is commonly known as Pochote. This plant produces shiny, green, oval leaves and has an arching habit. Originating from dry forest environments in Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Colombia, this species is covered in thorns on the trunk and branches. It is often used as fencing and it is cultivated in Costa Rica for wood production. Showy white flowers open like a banana peel to reveal fine hair-like stamens, overall flowers have a bottlebrush-like appearance. This plant is capable of producing edible nuts in large woody pods and these are said to taste like peanuts.

Special features of Pochote

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves