Ear Pod Tree, Elephant's Ear, Monkey Ear

Enterolobium cyclocarpum

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Enterolobium (en-ter-oh-LOW-bee-um) (Info)
Species: cyclocarpum



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

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over 40 ft. (12 m)


over 40 ft. (12 m)


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

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction


Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Alva, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Bushnell, Florida

Casselberry, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Deland, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hudson, Florida

Lake Mary, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 16, 2016, denjam from Dade City, FL wrote:

It is a beautiful tree, just a little on the messy side once a year. It does appear to hold up pretty well in our winds. It is growing near Dade City, FL in Pasco County. Out in the open and is not winter-killed in the 25+ years I have seen it growing. I am experimenting with the foliage as a natural plant dye. It appears to make a good green dye, but takes a lot of foliage to make. I have not tested for color and lightfastness yet.


On Feb 20, 2013, sandu from Trinity, FL wrote:

This tree is all that everyone says: Large and sprawling. Information that this tree is living in Pasco County, city of New Port Richey.


On May 18, 2012, Whitmanfarm from De Land, FL wrote:

We have always had these trees at the town house and out here on the farm for as long as I can remember and they are great trees if you have the land to let them reach their full potential . They do grow very fast and very big ( both the tree and the root system . The green wood is pretty flexable and that might lead people to belive they are wind resistant but thats not entirely true because it is a fairly brittle wood . You also want to keep it pruned really well , during fall and winter it will die back and the dead wood will dry out and become very weak ( Think Balsa wood weak ) They do bloom with really cool powder puff looking flowers and the bees love them . The main reason that some cities concider them invasive is due to owners not properly maintaining their trees or yards but it ... read more


On Nov 12, 2010, oahuhiker from Honolulu, HI wrote:

The Earpod is an impressive, grand tree in Hawaii; can see one at Baker Park, corner of Makiki Heights Drive & Makiki St. Huge trunk and branches... grass grows nicely underneath. There are only a few specimens found on Oahu - not invasive at all, even by tree-hater standards. The seed pods can be big as your outstretched hand, not those little wimpy things like in FL :) The seeds have interesting color design and are sometimes used in seed leis.


On Jul 18, 2010, Mlooska from Bushnell, FL wrote:

I bought this at a yard sale as a "mimosa" and unfortunately planted it too close to my house. It grows fast and the root system was uprooting the sidewalk. I had it cut down and "stump grinding" on the remaining trunk. It has re-grown and refuses to die. A pretty tree, in the right place. I did not think there was a market for this tree, I will grow some more from seedlngs, maybe someone will want some. However, I will not sell it as a Mimosa.


On Nov 16, 2007, Todd82TA from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

It's a fun tree to grow from seed. The people giving it a negative are just being haters. This tree is awesome. If properly cared for, it's a very elegant looking tree. The pods are very unique and provide interest to the tree. In a proportionally correct yard, this tree can make an excellent focal-point to the landscape.


On Jul 9, 2004, neon9 from Orlando, FL wrote:

This is an invasive species that will grow from a trunk that has been chopped into 2' sections. It is prohibited from being planted by many cities in Florida (Orlando, for one).


On Jun 10, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a fast growing and has interesting seed pods that look like black ears. Unfortunately it is a trashy tree with many unwanted seedlings. We are in central Florida where the tree is fairly common.


On Jun 9, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Fast growing
Wind resistant


On May 17, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Massive tree with huge grey trunk- some get trunks that are easily 20' in circumference. Loses leaves in dry season exposing ear-shaped seed-pods. Has twisted, spreading branches. Tree I saw in Hawaii was exceptionally huge (about 80-100' tall) and took up a huge part of the acreage of this park. Don't know when the dry season in Hawaii is (is there one?) but it's not May so didn't get to see the pods. Native of Central to S America