On Mar 22, 2006, Gustichock from Tandil
Argentina (Zone 10b) wrote:
It’s not much used ornamentally, but it should be! This tree is beautiful! Its pinkish flowers are very attractive and have sedative properties. You have to make an infusion with the petals.
Its leaves are used as anti-inflammatory.
We know it here in Argentina by its common name “Azota caballos” which means something like “horse whip”. This is because people use young and flexible branches to whip their horses when they ride them.
It has a semi-hard wood that is used a lot for sculptures because it is easy to carve on!
It is a deciduous tree, which makes it an excellent choice when it comes to choose a tree to plant on the streets: It gives you shade in summer and let the sun light pass in autumn and winter.
On Oct 24, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
commercial timber tree from S America- tall columnar habit. Leaves have very white, fuzzy undersides.