Simarouba glauca, Paradise-tree, Dysentery-bark, Bitterwood, Lakshmi Taru

Simarouba glauca

Paradise-tree, Dysentery-bark, Bitterwood, Lakshmi Taru
Family: Simaroubaceae
Origin: Central America
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterEthnomedical plant.
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Simarouba glauca, a plant native to Central America, is a small tree that grows to between 10 and 20 feet in height. It is an ethnomedical plant, meaning it has traditionally been used in certain societies to treat a range of illnesses. The fruit of the Simarouba glauca is commonly eaten, although its quality is considered to be inferior. Recent research has proven the presence of a range of medicinally active compounds in the plant.

The Simarouba glauca is an easy tree to grow and can be grown in regions with USDA Zone 9-11. The tree grows best in full sun or semi-shade, whilst it is important to ensure regular water for the tree health. The tree should not be left to dry out for extended periods, as it needs regular and moderate water to remain healthy.

Simarouba glauca tree grown in colder regions is often grown in a pot. When growing the tree in a pot, the root ball should be watered consistently, but not given too much water as this can lead to the pot becoming soggy and cause the roots to rot. The tree should receive adequate sun to help with its growth and should be moved to a shadier spot during periods of extreme heat. During winter, the tree in the pot should be kept in a sheltered area to avoid frost or damage to the roots.

Simarouba glauca, Paradise-tree, Dysentery-bark, Bitterwood, Lakshmi Taru
Simarouba glauca, Paradise-tree, Dysentery-bark, Bitterwood, Lakshmi Taru

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