Enterolobium contortisiliquum, also known as Earpod Tree, is a deciduous plant native to South America. It is a big tree, growing taller than 20 ft with a broad crown, and can be found in USDA zones 9-11. It is a comparatively low maintenance tree, preferring full sun and an occasional watering. In the right conditions, it can be grown without irrigation.
The tree produces off-white to white flowers in the spring and early summer, which are followed by large and distinctive seedpods. These pods can be up to 6 in long and look like elephant ears. The leaves are bipinnate and can reach lengths of up to 12 in.
The Enterolobium contortisiliquum is a spectacular and unique addition to any garden or landscape. Its fruit and foliage provide texture to the landscape and its large size, beautiful flowers and ornamental seedpods guarantee a head-turning display.
Planting Enterolobium contortisiliquum is easy and, once established, requires minimal care. Plant it in well-draining soil and, if you live in a dry region, it can be beneficial to form a basin around the base of the trunk which will capture run-off water. In especially cold regions, potting up this tree can help it survive a harsher winter. When you do, opt for a large pot and use a mixture of potting soil, mulch and compost for a rich, well-draining mix. You should also use rainwater in the pot, as this will be better for your tree than tap water.
Overall, the Enterolobium contortisiliquum is an attractive and low-maintenance addition to any outdoor space. With its impressive size and ornamental look, it can add depth and character to any garden.