Chañar, Chilean Green Wood
A small, upright, winter and dry-deciduous tree in the Fabaceae, native to dry thorn forests in southern South America. The pinnate foliage is bluish green, and the peeling bark on the trunk is beautifully mottled green and brown. Small yellow flowers are produced in profusion before the leaves appear. The brownish orange, plum-sized fruits are edible and often processed into a very sweet, sticky syrup used for sweetening. It is easily grown from the edible seeds and starts fruiting after 5-6 years. It is best suited to drier warm temperate and desert climates.