A little trivia. In the Bahamas during the 19th century the wood was known locally as Horseflesh Mahogany. It was described as a heavy and rather hard wood, much valued for the framing of houses, high class joinery and ship building. It was said to be impervious to all insects and of great durability, having been found perfectly sound after a century of exposure.
PRUNING... Can take severe top and root pruning. Readily back buds on old wood. They are prone to heavy top growth, if not controlled bottom limbs will become overshadowed and die back. Can be completely defoliated to produce better ramification and smaller leaves.
TRAINING... Wire can be used, a very quick grower so let the wire bite in a little before removal. A little scaring will grow out quickly.
WATERING... They like water but in a very well draining soil. If dried out the leaves will fall off, they will come back, they are pretty hardy.
LIGHT... Morning to early afternoon sun. The leaves will close if heat stressed in too much hot afternoon sun.
FLOWERS... White/cream colored puff balls, like the Calliandra and Mimosa, from spring into early summer, followed by long seed pods. Keep pods removed to prolong flowering. Blooms on new wood so you won’t get an abundance of flowers having to keep the tree pruned back to maintain shape.
INSECT/DISEASE... Occasionally you might find some Aphids. They are prone to powdery mildew and other fungi, especially if the leaves repeatedly stay too wet at night.
REPOT... Minimum night temperatures, low 70's Fast grower, a younger tree could need repotted every year.
FERTILIZE... Not a fussy eater, a well balanced fertilizer is all that is needed. Be careful not to overfeed, that will make leaf reduction harder.
SEASONAL... True tropical, protect below 40 degrees. Best if kept no lower than mid 50's. Leaves have a tendency to fall off with the first cold, no problem they will grow back.
A fast growing tropical, which closely resembles the Tamarind, hence its common name, Wild Tamarind. The Lysolima latislqua, more commonly called the Wild tamarind is a native to Southern Florida, Mexico, the Bahamas and the West Indies. The Lysolima sabicu, more commonly called Horseflesh Mahogany is a native to the West Indies.