Tamarind is native to Africa and is well adapted to semiarid tropical condition. Young trees are very susceptible to frost but mature trees will withstand brief periods of 28° F without serious injury.

The tamarind plant in the picture was about 6" tall  when planted 1½ years ago (2008). Now about 4 ft tall.


The 3 - 8 inch long, brown, irregularly curved pods are borne in abundance along the new branches.

Plant care
There is not much special care needed. Protect from winter frost. I use 55 gallon plastic barrel filled with water near the tree. The water heats up from the direct sunlight during the day time and stores  heat .It radiate heat at night time when the temperature drops.I find this method very helpful in preventing frost damage.
As with all my fruits trees I irrigate them 7-14 days during growing season.During winter every 4-6 week

We have 3-5 inch thick layer partially compost mulch around the tree drip line .
Medicinal Uses
 Tamarind in traditional Indian and African  Medicine is use for  antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral . It is also used to treat diarrhea  dysentery , gastrointestinal disorders, and  indigestion. The
 Leaves of tamarind tree are an effective remedy for treating burns.