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Cupaniopsis anacardioides, Carrotwood

Cupaniopsis anacardioides

Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersInvasiveSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Carrotwood. Evergreen tree from Australia, sometimes multi-trunked, nice shade tree. Clusters of small, greenish-white flowers are borne on stalks that emerge from leaf axils. The showy, brightly colored fruit is a yellow, three-lobed capsule which, when ripe splits open to expose three shiny black seeds encased in red or orange fleshy tissue. Flesh is bright orange, recembling carrot juice, hence the name of the tree. Easy to grow.

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