Acrocarpus Fraxinifolius

Acrocarpus Fraxinifolius

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Acrocarpus fraxinifolius

Pink Cedar is a fast-growing tree, which can reach 30-60 m in height. The straight trunk has spurs and the round crown is composed of rising branches. The leaves are bipinnate, about 30 cm with 3-4 compound leaflets and consisting of 5-6 elliptical, lance like leaflets 7-10 cm long and arranged in pairs. The leaves are bright red when young, giving the tree its characteristic appearance. The wood of Pink Cedar is hard and strong. Because it physically resembles ash and walnut woods, it is used as a substitute for these two species. The wood is used in the construction of houses and in the manufacture of furniture and packing cases. In Africa the tree is planted to provide shade in coffee plantations. The flowers are scarlet red and arranged in axillary racemes. Flowers appear on tree when leafless, up to 20 dense heads hanging down from branch ends, each 12 cm long, dripping nectar from the reddish-green to orange flowers. Fruit is an elongated and flattened pod, narrowly winged, 10-18 seeded.