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Guajilote

Parmentiera aculeata

a.k.a. Cuachilote, Candle Tree

Lesser-known than its near relative the Candle Stick Tree (and not to be confused with it), the guajilote tree is an interesting edible and ornamental tropical fruit. The waxy-skinned fruits are slender, though plumper than fruits of the Candle Stick Tree, and have a sweetish flavor reminiscent of sugar cane. Fruits can grow up to 6-9" in length, by 1-2" wide.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Guajilote. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in July 2016.

Description

A medium sized tree growing up to 30ft, though often to 10-15ft. The flowers are ornamental, white petaled and borne from the branches.

Hardiness

Exact hardiness unknown, but seems to endure short temperature drops to 32F.

Growing Environment

The Guajilote enjoys a tropical climate though it adapts well to sub-standard conditions. Water regularly. Grow in full sun. Protect from long frosts or hard freezes.

Propagation

By seeds.

Uses

Often grown as an ornamental, but the fruits are edible and have a pleasant flavor. It can be pickled and has a few alleged medicinal benefits.

Native Range

Native to Mexico and Guatemala.

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