Lysiloma latisiliquum

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Wild-tamarind, False Tamarind

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Size:40-60 (80) ft tall by 30-50 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Black
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Shade tree. Attractive for its lacy foliage. Does well as a street tree.
Considerations:Fallen seed pods are messy, so use in a mulched landscape area.
Availability:Native nurseries, Quality nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



  • Larval host for Large Orange Sulfur (Phoebis agarithe), Mimosa Yellow (Eurema nise), amethyst hairstreak, and Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius).
  • Used by a variety of butterfly species for nectar.
  • Important habitat for native tree snails (Liguus fasciatus). (info for all from IRC)

Native Habitats:This is generally a species of disturbed areas in and around tropical rockland hammock and pine rocklands.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

It's a legume, so nitrogen fixation may help it survive in low nutrient soils.

Fast growing.