Pterocarpus officinalis

Dragonsblood Tree

  • Pterocarpus officinalis

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed

Introducing the magnificent Pterocarpus officinalis Dragonsblood Tree. Native to the Moist Pacific Coast mangroves of Costa Rica, this elegant tree can grow up to 2 meters tall and has solid stems and compound leaves with 5-9 alternate or subopposite leaflets. Its papilionaceous corolla petals are a stunning orange or yellow, and the wing petals are narrow and auriculate. The fruit is a legume that can be 1-10 seeded and becomes woody in maturity. This tree thrives in the high moisture and moderate salinity gradient of the mangrove ecosystem, alongside Red Mangrove, Black Mangrove, and Mangle Salado.

The Dragonsblood Tree is also a vital component of the habitat for a diverse range of animals, including the White-tailed Deer, Mantled Howler Monkeys, and two species of raccoons. The Moist Pacific Coast mangroves ecoregion is also home to a number of bird species, including the Mangrove Hummingbird and Yellow-billed Cotinga, both of which are threatened. This ecosystem is an important wetland of international importance, with the Térraba-Sierpe Mangrove Reserve at the mouths of the Térraba and Sierpe Rivers.

Experience the beauty and diversity of the Moist Pacific Coast mangroves with the Pterocarpus officinalis Dragonsblood Tree. This stunning tree is a must-have addition to any garden or landscape, offering not only aesthetic appeal but also ecological benefits to various animal species. Order yours now and support the conservation of this important ecoregion.

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