This tree is a popular nesting site for several native songbirds. Lysiloma latisiliquum, also known as Bahamas Lysiloma, is a native of Central America. It is a fast-growing, deciduous tree or shrub species which typically varies in size from a small tree, growing 10-20 ft tall, to a larger one of 20 ft or more. It is also salt tolerant and can be grown at seaside locations.
The tree develops off-white or white flowers in spring and summer. It has an open crown with drooping branches. Lysiloma latisiliquum prefers full sun to partial shade and requires moderate water, though it is fairly drought tolerant when established.
In order to enjoy the best results, it is important to grow Lysiloma latisiliquum in well-drained soils in USDA Zone 9-11. Plant maintenance includes removing competing vegetation and providing water during the dry season. Proper mulching also helps to keep the soil moist and provides nutrients. In colder climates, this plant should be grown in deep pots, repotted annually and moved indoors during winter.
This is a very attractive and popular species that will add a special flair to any landscape. In addition to providing extraordinary beauty, Lysiloma latisiliquum is also a great choice for attracting birds to your garden.