Carrot Wood | Drought Tolerant Trees

The Carrot Wood (Cupaniopsis anacardioides) is commonly grown as a multi-trunk tree, these trunks and branches tend to funnel inward, producing the ‘stem’ of the carrot, while the dark, dense evergreen canopy represents the leaves waiting to be plucked from the ground. While the Carrotwood certainly resembles this vegetable, it’s certainly not as easily removed, as the dense canopy and twisting trunk and branch pattern protect it from wind and inclement weather – this design is much to this tree’s benefit.

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Water Needs

Wet to moist soil, better in coastal climates


Full sun to partial shade


35 feet

Growth Rate

12-24 inches per season




Small orange or yellow capsule

Pest & Disease

Resistant to Oak Root Fungus. Susceptible to Root Rot and Verticillium

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