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Horseradish Tree
Scientific Name: Moringa oleifera Lam.
Synonym: Moringa pterygosperma
Family: Moringaceae
Horseradish Tree (Moringa  oleifera)
Moringa oleifera, habit, photo by Forest & Kim Starr, starr-030523-0125
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 25
USDA: 9b-12

Frost Tolerance: Mature trees tolerate light frosts

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: India, Arabia, and possibly Africa and the East Indies

Growth Habits: Deciduous to evergreen tree, very fast growing to 15 to 40 feet tall (5-10 m); umbrella shaped with drooping branches; tuberous tap root; corky whitish bark; pale green, feathery, compound leaves, 1 to 2 feet long (30-60 cm). tripinnate, elliptic to obovate leaflets, 0.5 to 0.8 inch long (1.32 cm), 0.12 to 0.25 inch wide (3-6 mm)

Watering Needs: Moderate to little water, drought resistant

Propagation: Seeds or cuttings

The name "horseradish tree" comes from the use of the roots.

Blooming Habits:
Fragrant, white or creamy-white flowers, 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm), in drooping panicles.

Fruiting Habits:
Brown, triangular, pendulous, pods, 3-angled, 1 foot long (30 cm), 0.75 inch wide (18 mm), with many 3-angled brown seeds, with 3 papery wings.

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