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PlantFiles: Candle Tree, Guajilote
Parmentiera edulis

Family: Bignoniaceae (big-no-nih-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Parmentiera (par-men-TEER-uh) (Info)
Species: edulis (ED-yew-liss) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive aflowers On Jul 16, 2014, aflowers from Caguas
Puerto Rico wrote:

The candle tree can adapt to a variety of soils. My tree is at a 4.5 avg. pH, sandy soil and has grown smaller(7 ft.). Actually grows between 4.5 up to 7.5 pH. It is dependent of a sort of segmented rainfall. Hardy to 10+. My friend has a 10 ft. tall at about 6 pH well moist that produces over 6 inches fruits. Not many people know it's edible. Thks for the opportunity.


Neutral palmbob On May 31, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Native to central America, this tree makes pickle-shaped fruits that taste a bit like sugar cane... they can be eaten raw or cooked. Trees tend to seed and multiply profusely if sufficient rainfall.


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

Alva, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Cleburne, Texas
Pittsburg, Texas

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