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Gliricidia sepium

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gliricidia (gly-rih-SY-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: sepium (SEP-ee-um) (Info)

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Noctis On Sep 19, 2010, Noctis from Cedar Park, TX wrote:

I've grown some forest lilacs from seed, and while they are a little needy for water, it's an absolutely beautiful plant.
At this point, they're getting a little tall for the indoors, and I'm looking to put them outside, but wasn't sure when is best to transplant.

I'm in Texas, so it's not like there are actual seasons here, besides football and hot, but want the plants to do well in the backyard.

Any advice would be appreciated, before they take over my entire house :)

Positive Calalily On Jul 31, 2005, Calalily from Deep South Coastal, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant can grow 10 ft in one year, it's juvenile leaves are fuzzy, but become shiny green when mature. The tree will lose its leaves if temps fall into the 30's and stay. Stem damage will occur if temps fall below freezing. My tree survived 26*F, but died back almost to the ground. The flowers are a beautiful soft pink and bloom all along the stem and at the tips.
All parts of this plant are poisonous if eaten. It is grown in South America as shade for the cacao and coffee plants, hence it's common name of "Madre de Cacao".


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

Babson Park, Florida
Cedar Park, Texas
Los Fresnos, Texas

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