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Prosopis tamarugo
Good ornamental value (A)
Height: 20 cm.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile). Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter. Extremely dry areas with very rare rainfall. The dry season lasts 8 - 12 months and in some years it is possible to have no rainfall at all. Rainfall less than 100 mm/year. Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.
Tree Yellow, without information on the number of petals
Fodder plant
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These seeds are generally restocked in: March
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One packet contains at least 20 seeds.

This is probably the most extreme tree of the Chilean desert. It can grow where no other plant grows, and the tamarugales, or tamarugo forests, as they are locally known, present an eerie sight - hundreds and hundreds of trees with no other vegetation around... This is due to the fact that these plants can reach very deeply into the ground with their roots and thus make use of underground water.
For the germination of seeds you need to break the outer protective skin of the seed. For just a few seeds use a nail-clipper or a file (you have just to scratch the surface, taking off maybe a flake). For larger batches you can use sulphuric acid, mecahnical scarificators or hot water (please see specialized literature before attempting this, as use of concentrated acid is very dangerous). Soak the scarred seeds in water for about 24 hours. They should visibly swell up. If not, you have not scratched them sufficently. This species can grow in most extreme conditions (extremely saline soil, very little watering), so you do not have to worry too much about the substrate, just keep with good drainage. This tree will withstand occasional freezing, but it is not suitable for cold climates with snow.