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Terminalia catappa (Variegated)

Family Name: Combretaceae

This species is a cultivated variety of Terminalia catappa . The cream-green mottled pattern on its leaves makes this tree a highly ornamental cultivar.

Full Sun Moderate Water Ornamental Leaves Tree


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Species Summary

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 35 m


Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a pagoda-shaped tree, up to 35 m tall.
Foliage The leaves are spirally arranged and tend to cluster near the tip of the branches. The leaves have an attractive cream-green mottled pattern.
Flowers Flowers are small and occur on a spike.
Etymology Terminalia, in Latin, refers to the plant’s leaves that are clustered at the end of end of the twigs. The name catappa is derived from its Malay name, ketapang.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Saline Soils / Salt Spray, Well-Drained Soils

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water

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Master ID 30554
Species ID 4863
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Species record last updated on: 15 October 2021.