Geoffroea decorticans, Chilean Palo Verde, Chanar, Kumbaru

Geoffroea decorticans

Chilean Palo Verde, Chanar, Kumbaru
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Bolivia, Brazil, Patagonia and Argentina
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapPlant used for bonsaiBig tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersEdible plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantEthnomedical plant.
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Geoffroea decorticans (Chilean Palo Verde) is a small to large deciduous tree, which has the potential to grow taller than 20 feet. It is ideal for bonsai due to its shocking and eye-catching bark and form. This plant is best suited in full sun and light to moderate water. During spring, its foliage is adorned with small, soft yellow and orange flowers that attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Since it is an ethnomedical plant, its fruits are edible and have healthy benefits. The fruits are oval-shaped, initially green in color and turn orange brown when ripe. One tree can produce up to 100 fruits each year and each fruit contains one seed. It is a rich source of proteins, fibers, fat and carbohydrates. They are often eaten raw as a snack, blended into jams or preserves, and used in traditional medicines.

Geoffroea decorticans is suitable for USDA Zone: 8-10, and it can be easily grown in pot in colder regions. Plant it in well-drained soil and water it once in a week. Feed it with fertilizers to ensure the plant growth is healthy and sturdy. Prune the branches in early spring for additional shape and growth. Protect the seedlings from frost for the best outcome.

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