Pterocarpus macrocarpus, Gum-Kino Tree, Burma Padauk, Mai Pradoo, Pradu

Pterocarpus macrocarpus

Gum-Kino Tree, Burma Padauk, Mai Pradoo, Pradu
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Burma and Thailand
Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersFragrant plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Pterocarpus macrocarpus, also known as Gum-Kino Tree, is a tree native to Burma and Thailand that can grow to more than 20 ft tall and has dense foliage, making it ideal for providing shade. The tree produces fragrant yellow flowers that later turn into large brownish seeds. The heartwood of the tree, which ranges in color from bright yellow red to dark brick red with streaks of darker color, is highly valued for its use in making musical instruments, furniture, cabinet wood, decorative veneers, novelty items and interior trim. It is not typically sold in high volume, but is highly sought after as an accent wood. Traditional Thai music instruments (harps) are made out of wood of this wood.

While Pterocarpus macrocarpus is not suited for cold climates, it can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11. While it can tolerate some drought, it needs regular watering and moderate moisture to stay healthy. The tree is tolerant of salty conditions and can be grown in seaside areas.

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