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Pithecellobium guatemalensis, Pithecellobium dulce, Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil

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Family: Mimosoideae / Mimosaceae
Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil
Origin: California through Mexico
small tree 10-20 ftfull sunmoderate waterthorny or spinydeciduousediblesubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeincuded in CD catalog

It is a medium size tree with many uses; food (sweet pods), firewood, honey, fodder, soap oil, tannin, hedges and shade; it can survive hostile climates. Thin spines are in pairs at the base of leaves. Leaves are deciduous. However, new leaf growth coincides with the loss of old leaves, giving the tree an evergreen appearance. The flowers are in small white heads 1/2" in diameter. The pods are pinkish, about 5" long, and become spiral as they mature. Pods contain a pulp that is variously sweet and acid, commonly white but also red. The seed and pulp are made into a sweet drink and eaten roasted or fresh. Fruits are eaten raw, and commonly used in the preparation of beverages. In India the seeds are used fresh or in curries. The pods are relished by monkeys and livestock. The flowers are attractive to bees as source of pollen. The resulting honey is of high quality. Although the pods are attractive fodder to most animals, the leaves are browsed but not considered an important animal fodder. The tree is used extensively as a shade tree with a great tolerance of arid and harsh sites. It can be managed as a hedge. Trimming increases the occurrence of thorns. Trees will survive brief frosts as well as temperatures well above 100F.


 Pithecellobium guatemalensis, Pithecellobium dulce, Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil

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Pithecellobium guatemalensis, Pithecellobium dulce, Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil

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Pithecellobium guatemalensis, Pithecellobium dulce, Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil

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Pithecellobium guatemalensis, Pithecellobium dulce, Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil

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Pithecellobium guatemalensis, Pithecellobium dulce, Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil

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Pithecellobium guatemalensis, Pithecellobium dulce, Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil

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Pithecellobium guatemalensis, Pithecellobium dulce, Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil

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Pithecellobium guatemalensis, Pithecellobium dulce, Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil

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Pithecellobium guatemalensis, Pithecellobium dulce, Sweet Tamarind, Manila Tamarind, Huamuchil

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Name:Amar Patibanda
Email:n-r@yahoo.com
Location:Phoenix, AZ, USA
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15 Aug 2006, 9:43 PM
Hi,
I am looking for Pithecelobium dulce, from your website I understand that it is the same as Pithecelobium guatemalensis. Can you confirm this?

thanks,
Amar
Name:marilou
Email:m-r@sbcglobal.net
Location:la habra, ca, usa
Homepage:top tropicals
Zone:9-1
30 Jun 2007, 2:40 AM
do you hav any varigaeted sweet tamarind available?

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Name:Nikki
Location:Philippines
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21 May 2009, 6:26 AM
I am quite unaware that its been called as Sweet Tamarind nor Manila Tamarind because here in the Philippines it is known as a Kamachile Tree. Its fruit doesnt even look nor taste like a tamarind... By the way, there seems to be an error with the photo shown on the upper left. Those are the fruits of Tamarindus indica(tamarind).
Name:mike
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18 Sep 2009, 5:58 PM
I have to agree with Nikki. They are not tamarind. they are like acacia tree and have very sweet fruits.
Name:Betty Banning
Email:b-g@att.net
Location:Fort Worth, Texas USA
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26 Sep 2009, 9:35 AM
Do you know the meat inside the pod of pithecellobium unguis-cati is edible? If that is the same as we call it kamatsili....
Name:Martin
Email:m-3@yahoo.com
Location:Philippines
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3 Aug 2011, 1:48 AM
I agree with the other comments in saying that the photo in the upper left is that of Tamarindus indicus which is a totally different species. The other photos are correct. Over here we call it Kamatsile, Pithecellobium dulce.


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Sweet Tamarind, Manilla Tamarind - sweet pods. Very easy to grow tree, drought tolerant. Dense ornamental foliage, small thorns.
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