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Plant Species of the genus Acrocarpus

Information about this genus
Name: Acrocarpus
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: It does best in the cooler hill areas of the tropics, and also adapts well to warm-temperate climates, as long as they are almost frost free. In the lowland tropics it has often proved short-lived after rapid early growth. A deep moist soil is required, though it need not be highly fertile. Propagation is from seed, which should be rubbed with sandpaper and soaked in cold water to aid germination; plant out at an early stage.
Description: A genus of a single species of tall leguminous tree allied to Caesalpinia, Acrocarpus comes from the mountain forests of tropical Asia, from southern India eastward. Deciduous in winter, it is notable for the large size of its bipinnate leaves, especially those on vigorous saplings. Colorful flowers appear before the new leaves, in dense cylindrical spikes forming large panicles. Acrocarpus is capable of extremely fast growth in cultivation and has shown promise as a plantation tree for the wet tropics, as well as making a fine ornamental tree.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Acrocarpus fraxinifolius 10-12



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