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Elephant Tree, Copalquín, Torote Blanco
Scientific Name: Pachycormus discolor (Benth.) Coville ex Standl.
Family: Anacardiaceae
Elephant Tree, Copalquín, Torote Blanco (Pachycormus  discolor)
Pachycormus discolor at the Desert Botanical Garden
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 25°F (-4°C)

Heat Tolerance: Good heat resistance in the hot Southwest deserts

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico (central Baja California)

Growth Habits: Drought deciduous caudiciform tree, up to 30 feet tall (9 m)

Watering Needs:


The swollen trunk of the Pachycormus discolor covered with exfoliating, white, papery bark. The botanical genus name refers to that trunk, it comes from the Greek for "thick stump". The discolored peeling white bark, protects a green under-layer that still maintain photosynthesis when the tree is dormant.

Elephant Tree, Copalquín, Torote Blanco (Pachycormus  discolor)

Elephant Tree, Copalquín, Torote Blanco (Pachycormus  discolor)

Blooming Habits:
Cream to pink flowers.

Fruiting Habits:

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