Beach Tamarind

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Cupaniopsis anacardioides

Family : Sapindaceae

This is a very pretty tree with a dense, sometimes spreading crown to about 12 metres in height. The bark is grey and rough. The compound leaves are dark, leathery green and have pairs of long leaflets.

The greenish – white flowers are tiny and found in large sprays near the end of the branches. The fruit is a leathery orange capsule, with 3 – 6 lobes enclosing several black seeds.

This tree is very hardy but it is a slow grower, and has been known to withstand harsh weather conditions. It can tolerate salt and most soils but it prefers good drainage. These are often found in coastal scrub areas and on established sand dunes. They attract birds and insects to the flowers and fruit. This is a particularly attractive tree that is excellent for shade and can be used for screening.


Quick Facts

Flowers August to September
Fruit October to January
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds and Insects
Growth Habit Tree
Typical Height <12m
Soils Well Drained Soils
Amount of Sun Full Sun
Amount of Water Dry or Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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