Lilac Tree, Lancepod, Chaperno
Lonchocarpus violaceus

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lonchocarpus (lon-ko-KAR-pus) (Info)
Species: violaceus (vy-oh-LAH-see-us) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Miami, Florida (2 reports)

Naples, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Ahuimanu, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 24, 2012, hjezek from Merida
Mexico wrote:

This plant is native to the Yucatan (Mexico). It grows perfectly fine on lime stone, hence calcine soil pH appears to be fine.
Flowering usually starts in October.

Positive

On Jul 10, 2008, Tetrazygia from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Such a great, small tree. Mine flower for three weeks around September or October and the bees come like crazy! The pea-like, purple flowers really put on a show. Also, I hear they prefer acidic soil, but mine is in alkaline sandy soil over limestone and still looks great. The only bug problem I ever get with it are the leafminers, but their damage isn't that obvious since the leaflets aren't that big.