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Adansonia digitata

Baobab

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height8m to 18m
  • Spread10m to 30m
  • Growth HabitBroad arching
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Adansonia digitata (Baobab). This is a deciduous tree with a swollen trunk. The leaves are rounded and palmate with 5-7 leaflets. The white flowers are held on long stalks, are about 10-12cm across and will bloom in the summer. This species of tree can grow to about 18m high and 30m wide.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Monkey-bread tree

Origin

S.W.Africa

Interest and use

The edible leaves are used as a green vegetable in soups, the seeds are used as a thickener in cooking and the fruit pulp, which is very high in vitamin C, is eaten raw or added to porridge. The bark fibers are used for rope or string and used in basketry. Medicinally, the plant is used for digestive problems and skin complaints, as well as to help address a lack of iron.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

If grown under glass, grow with a loam-based potting compost with a little added grit or sand with full light. When grown outdoors, grow in well-drained sandy, moderately fertile soil in full sun.

Propagation

By seed. Naturally propagated in the wild by bush babies and bats.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for aphids.

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