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Mexican Hand Tree

Chiranthodendron pentadactylon

a.k.a. Devil's Hand Tree, Monkey's Hand Tree

One of the bizarre members of the plant kingdom, the Mexican Hand Tree bears ornate red flowers having the shape of a clawed-hand. Renowned for its beauty, but still rare in cultivation.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Mexican Hand Tree. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in March 2014.


A fairly fast-growing medium or large sized tree growing to 40ft. Has large leaves with prominent veins and fuzz. The strange flowers are borne for much of the Spring and Summer, followed by large, woody-like pods which open to contain several seeds. The flowers are popular with certain birds who drink nectar from the cup-like petals beneath the hand. The pods may persist on the branches for many months.


Hardy to about 20F.

Growing Environment

The tree flourishes in cool subtropical climates that receive minimal frost but have cooler nights. Grows fine in full sun and does particularly well in fog-belt regions. It should be watered regularly and will enjoy humidity. Plant in well-drained soil.


By seeds, which should be planted fairly soon after harvest. They generally take a minimum of 6-8 weeks for germination, but often longer.


Planted as an ornamental.

Native Range

Native from Guatemala through Southern Mexico.

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