|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild|
A plant of the moist, lowland tropics and subtropics, where it is found at elevations up to 400 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 18 – 35°c, but can tolerate 6 – 43°c.
When dormant, the plant can survive temperatures down to about -2°c, but young growth can be severely damaged at -1°c.
It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 2,000 – 3,500mm, but tolerates 1,300 – 5,000mm.
Thrives in a position in full sun on a wide range of moist, well drained soils.
Grows best on rich, deep, alluvial loams with good drainage, but can also grow in badly-draind swampy ground, though it is likely to be small and crooked.
Tolerant of alkaline soils, but not of saline conditions.
Prefers a pH in the range 5.5 – 6.5, tolerating 4.5 – 7.5.
The tree has been successfully grown in urban areas where air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and/or drought are common.
Not a tree to plant and forget, it appreciates regular fertilization or the leaves become chlorotic.