The tamarind is a large tropical tree with a short massive trunk, ferny pinnate leaves, small yellow flowers and fat reddish brown pods. The tree can get 90' tall in the wild but under cultivation in South Florida it usually tops out around 40'. It has a short, stocky trunk, drooping branches and a domed umbrella shaped crown about as wide as the tree's height. The ferny foliage is wispy and delicate. Tamarind drops its leaves in pronounced dry seasons; in climates without a dry season it stays evergreen. The small flowers are pale yellow with purple or red veins; these occur in small drooping clusters. The velvety cinnamon brown pods are 2-6" long, sausage shaped and constricted between the seeds. The pulp that surrounds the seeds is both sweet and extremely sour, and is used for a variety of foods and beverages in the world's tropical areas.
Tamarind is a slow growing tree that, once established, needs no attention at all. It is moderately salt tolerant and can be grown in coastal locations, back away from the actual beach front. It needs full sun and regular watering. It is fairly tolerant of drought, but will drop its leaves during dry seasons.
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