In its native tropical forests of Central America, this erect tree
grows to 30 ft (9 m) or more; in commercial cultivation, it is
generally kept smaller to facilitate harvesting.
The pointed, oval, glossy green leaves are large, up to 10 in (25
cm) long, and leathery.
Small, creamy yellow flowers are borne in late spring on the trunk
and larger woody branches. These are followed by the fruit: large,
ribbed pods, about 12 in (30 cm) long and 8 in (20 cm) wide, which
ripen to a rich, glossy reddish brown.
Flowering colors: Cream, Yellow
Cultivation:They do best in well-drained soil containing a large
percentage of organic matter, with regular water and shelter from
sun and wind.
Propagate from seed in fall (autumn) or by grafting.