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)

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 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:

Pale Green

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

,

Alva, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Cleburne, Texas

Pittsburg, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

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

Hi,
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.

aflowers

Neutral

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.