Jicaro

 
 

Jicaro is native to Mexico and Central America. It reaches a height of 25 feet, with a short trunk 10 inches in diameter. The crown is open and wide. The leaves are about 3.5 inches long, crucifix-shaped, and appear in groups along the branches. Flowers are about 2 inches long and develop directly on the trunk or branches. Fruits are up to 6 inches in diameter and have a hard skin. It flowers and produces fruit throughout the year. The generic name honors the Italian agronomist Pietro Crescenzi (c.1233-c.1321). The species name derives from the blade or “wing” surrounding the leaf's petiole.


The photographed tree is east of Building C. There’s another tree behind the Physics Building.

Crescentia alata (Bignoniaceae)