Carrotwood Tree Carrot Weed Tuckeroo TREE

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Carrotwood Tree Carrot Weed Tuckeroo TREE
Richard Lesser
April 19, 2016
Taxonomy Ranking
Kingdom Phylum/Division:
Plantae
Magnoliophyta
Class:
Order:
Family:
Genus:
Species:
Magnoliopsida Sapindales Sapindaceae Cupaniopsis Anacardioides
• Common names:
–Carrotwood
• The inner bark is orange,
hence the common name
–Carrot weed
–Tuckeroo
Cupaniopsis anacardiodes - Carrotwood Tree
Description…
 Evergreen single or multi-trunk tree
 Native to Australia, Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea
 Was introduced into the United States as early as 1955 – Popular
in the 70’s & 80’s.
 Fast to Slow grower – slows with age
– Up to 40 feet tall x 30 feet wide
 Varity of habitats; Tolerates seacoast conditions (salt), drought,
heat, wet, dry and/or poor soils
 Full sun
 Any amount of water
 Prolific seeder
 Free of serious pests and most diseases. Susceptible to
Verticillium wilt
 Can live up to 100 years
Cupaniopsis anacardiodes - Carrotwood Tree
Leaves
• Are large and
compound
• Up to 4 to 10 oblong
leaflets
• Alternates along the
stems
• Tend to be wavy with
rounded tips, often
indented
• Makes it a great
shade tree
Cupaniopsis anacardiodes - Carrotwood Tree
Flowers / Fruit
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Flowering occurs in the
winter
Small, greenish white, 5petaled flowers appear in
clusters in the leaf axils.
Flowers are unisexual, with
each flower cluster
containing both male and
female flowers.
Fruit ripens May to June
Brightly colored fruit is a
yellow, three-lobed capsule
which splits open to expose
three shiny black seeds
encased in red or orange
fleshy tissue.
Propagates by seed
Cupaniopsis anacardiodes - Carrotwood Tree
Proof of Proliferation
Cupaniopsis anacardiodes - Carrotwood
Tree
Distribution in USA
You are here!
Drier climate here
Ecological threat here!
Coastal ecosystems
Cupaniopsis anacardiodes - Carrotwood Tree
What’s wrong with these
Carrotwood trees?
Cupaniopsis anacardiodes - Carrotwood Tree

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