Restoration of tropical degraded landscapes though reforestation, agroforestry systems and enrichment plantings necessarily calls for the use of native tree species. Many native tropical tree species provide numerous goods known to and useful for the local population, as well as shelter and food for wildlife. Using such species, can offer important social, economic and ecological advantages, be more sustainable and less prone to catastrophic damage by pests and diseases. This research responds to the current demand for information about autecological characteristics, silvicultural management and long-term performance of native tree species to ensure success of restoration projects. The 'dinde' tree (Maclura tinctoria (L.) D. Don ex Steud) is a long-lived pioneer that can be found from Mexico to Argentina, in both humid and dry forests. The diverse uses and ecological attributes make the dinde a promising tree to be used in any kind of restoration project, and an ideal candidate for agroforestry combinations. Currently, however, little information exists regarding this species performance in reforestation projects or agroforestry systems and published data on this species growth patterns, and tree-soil relationships is almost non-existent. In this study, we measured and performed regressions analyses to determine the relationships between age, bole size, tree height, crown size and key soil fertility parameters of planted dinde trees in the foothills of the Colombian Andes. With this information, this study generated spacing guidelines and management recommendations for farmers and practitioners.