Quillaja brasiliensis, also known as Palo Jabon, is a small tree native to South America that typically grows between 10-20 feet tall. It is a popular ornamental in subtropical and tropical gardens due to its white or off-white flowers. It also has ethnomedical properties, making it a useful plant for medical treatments and remedies.
This tree can be grown in USDA zones 9-11, preferring semi-shade, regular water and moist but well-drained soils. It does not do well with overly wet soils or with long periods of drought and protection from strong winds is essential for growth. If you are growing the tree in a pot, or in a cold region, careful attention must be given to watering and positioning in an area with adequate shade.
Quillaja brasiliensis is a rewarding tree to grow, making an excellent addition to the home garden. Its ornamental appeal, along with its ethnomedical properties, make it a worthwhile addition to any garden. With the right care and attention, this tree will continue to give years of joy or pleasure.