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Myriocarpa longipes, Chichicaste

Myriocarpa longipes

Family: Urticaceae
Origin: Central and South America
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular water

Myriocarpa longipes, commonly known as Chichicaste is a small tree native to Central and South America. The tree grows to a height of between 10 and 20 feet and has an oval crown and arching branches. Its leaves are around 3 inches long, dark green and leathery with greyish undersides. The young leaves are red in color, they turn dark green only after reaching maturity.

Chichicaste can grow in full sun to semi-shade, and requires regular watering during the warmer months. The tree is hardy in USDA zones 9-11. It requires well-drained soil, and is frost-sensitive.

When growing in a pot in colder regions, ensure that a container with a sufficient drainage hole is used, as well as a potting mix with plenty organic matter. The tree should be moved to a sheltered position or indoors during the winter months. During the summer, ensure that the tree receives enough water, but be careful not to overwater. Apply liquid or fertilizer once every two to three months to provide the tree with adequate nutrients and encourage growth. Prune regularly to keep the tree compact and manageable.

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