A tree much loved by small children who cannot resist their hard, bright red seeds. It is found on some shores. It is also planted in some of our parks, but is not considered suitable for roadsides as the tree is susceptible to damage in strong winds and becomes untidy with age, dropping large amounts of leaf litter .
A tall tree (up to 20m) with pretty leaves. Pavo means peacock, and the compound leaves are quite lovely. The leaves (10-40cm long) have 2-6 pairs of side stalks, each with 9-15 pairs of leaflets. The tree sheds its leaves seasonally, turning yellow before dropping off. According to Corners, in Singapore they shed their leaves every 6-8 months, with the leafless period being very short.
|Key Feature||Expect 90 to 100 % Germination Rate|
|Uses||This tree is useful for nitrogen fixation, and it is often cultivated for forage, as an ornamental garden plant or urban tree, and as a medicinal plant. For example, the young leaves can be cooked and eaten. The raw seeds are toxic, but may be eaten when cooked.
The tree is fast-growing, with an attractive, spreading canopy that makes it suitable as a shade tree, and for ornamental purposes in large gardens or parks. However, it is also known for producing lots of litter in the form of leaves, twigs and especially seed pods which crack open while still on the branch, so releasing their seeds, before themselves falling to the ground.