|P. tectorius is a many-branched, upright tree with thick stilt roots. Whorls of robust branches produce rosettes of linear, long-pointed, stiffly leathery, bluish green leaves. Each male flower spike, is sheathed in a fragrant white spathe, female flowerheads are small and solitary. Bears flowers mainly in summer, followed by spherical yellow or green, flushed red fruit.
The Pananus genus consists of both dioecious, evergreen trees and shrubs. Grown primarily for their tough, toothed foliage that forms a spiraling rosette. Male and female flowers lack petals and are borne on separate plants. Female flowers resemble small pineapples when fertilized. A specimen plant for landscapes that do not drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, this unique plant may be grown as a houseplant in some cases. Grow in full sun where humidity is moderate to high. Water moderately and fertilize monthly from spring to summer. Water minimally during winter.