Leopard trees are beautiful, exotic plants that make a wonderful ornamental addition to any landscape. This semi-annual tree is named for its unique bark, whose dappled patterns bring to mind the spots on a leopard. In sunny, tropical climates similar to those found in its native Brazil, the leopard tree can grow to an impressive 50 feet high. The tree can also grow in a more moderate climate, but will be limited to a much smaller stature. Leopard trees can survive dry spells if need be, but water regularly if you want the plant to thrive.
- A Leopard tree is an elegantly slender, ornamental, deciduous tree and a Brazilian native.
- The tree affords sitters moderate shade and has spikes of sunny-colored yellow flowers, found at the stem tips.
- Though, in its indigenous climate the tree can reach heights of 50 feet, specimens enduring more moderate climes, perhaps frost, will be a lot shorter.
“But the tree’s best feature is its smooth mottled trunk, ivory bark with brown or grey patches.”