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Scientific Name: Crescentia cujete
Family: Bignoniaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 25
USDA: 10b-11

Frost Tolerance: No frost tolerance

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Tropical americas

Growth Habits: Small tree, up to 20 feet tall (6 m) with spreading branches; spongy bark; oblanceolate leaves, up to 6 inches long (15 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate to abundant water, drought resistant, but prefers humid conditions, tolerates flooding

Propagation: Seeds or cuttings

Cultural Practices:
Fertilize 3-4 times a year

Blooming Habits:
The Calabash bears yellowish bell-shaped flowers, up to 2 inches long (5 cm), with reddish veins. They appear along the trunk. They are bat pollinated.

Fruiting Habits:
Spherical gourd-like fruits along the trunk, up to 1 foot in diameter (30 cm). Small flat seeds embedded in the pulp.

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