Lysiloma latisiliquum

wild-tamarind, false tamarind

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 40-60 (80) ft    Width: 30-50 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      black
Phenology: deciduous
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.
Propagation: Seed
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
  • 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).
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:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

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