Yucca brevifolia (Joshua tree) is a species of tree in the family Agavaceae, native to southwestern North America, between altitudes of 400-1800 m in the Mojave Desert, in the states of California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. It is also known as Yucca palm, Tree yucca, and Palm tree yucca.
Joshua tree is considered a dessert fast-grower, growing 7.6 cm per year in its first ten years, then grow 3.8 cm per year thereafter. It can grow up to 15 m tall. Its trunk is made of thousands of small fibers and lacks annual growth rings, thus it is difficult to determine the tree’s age. Joshua tree has a deep and extensive root system, penetrating deep, up to 11 m, into the ground. The dark green leaves are borne in a dense spiral arrangement at the apex of the stems, linear and wide at the base with a tapering pointed tip. The evergreen leaves have white and serrated margins. This is a great thing to have a garden experts to take care of the trees.
In spring, the creamy-white to green flowers are borne in panicles of 30-55 cm tall and 30-38 cm broad, with individual flower erect, 4-7 cm tall. Joshua trees are pollinated by yucca moth that spread the pollen while its laying her eggs inside the flowers. The moth larvae fed on the tree’s seed and it is really important that enough seeds will be left behind to produce new plants. Joshua tree fruit is a green, semi-fleshy fruit, elliptical, and contains many seeds. Spondias dulcis (Amberella) is a tropical tree in the family Anacardiaceae. It is native to southeast Asia, Melanesia through to Polynesia. It is cultivated for its edible fruit which contains a fibrous pit. Spondias dulcis is known by many names in various regions, Ambarella, amra, buah kedondong, June plum – Jamaica, Juplon, Jobo Indio, Golden Apple, Malay apple, Wi-Tree, Otaheite Apple, and Caja-manga in Brazil.
Spondias dulcis is a fast-growing tree, growing 9-12 m tall, with both standard and dwarf forms. The deciduous, pinnate leaves are 20-60 cm long, with 9-25 glossy, elliptic leaflets, 6-10 cm long, finely serrated toward the apex. Small white flowers are produced in terminal panicles. The oval fruits are 6-9 cm long, and are produced in bunches of 12 or more. Over a period of several weeks, the still hard and green fruits will fall to the ground. They will turn golden yellow as they ripen.
Spondias dulcis is used as a food source in Asia. In Malaysia and Singapore, they are usually eaten raw, cut in small pieces and are eaten together with shrimp paste, or add into a fruit salad called rojak. The fruits has a sour taste and a crunchy texture. The fruit are juiced and mix with sour plum to make a delicious and refreshing drink called umbra juice.
Other alternative uses of the fruits include cooking the fruits into a preserve, jam, as a sauce flavoring, or add to soups and stews. The young leaves are used as a seasoning for pepes in West Java.
Propagation is usually by seeds, and the plants can bear fruits in 2-4 years time. It likes humid tropical climates with ample rainfall to flourish.
These trees are examples of the kind of trees that should be taking care of to last healthy to bare lot of fruits. It’s been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. At Naturally Trees our passion is evident in everything we do. We take our massive wealth of experience and dedicate it to the proper and prudent planning for the most successful results possible. We are a collective staff of tree professionals who truly love nature and have dedicated our lives – both professionally and personally – toward making sure each and every subject we have the privilege of treating is handled with care and the best that our experience can offer.