Adansonia Digitata. African Baobab.
The Adansonia Digitata is one of the most widespread of Madagascar's six species of Baobabs. Long lived to well over a thousand years these amazing trees have a massive cylindrical trunk, used for storing water which can be up to 3m in diameter and is covered with a smooth reddish-grey to purple-grey bark which protects it from bush fires. In habitat the large flat topped iregular crowns come into leaf in the wet season and bear bluish-green spirally arranged palmate leaves between October and May. Spectacular pendulous white sweet scented flowers have many stamens and open in the evening, being pollinated mainly by fruit bats before falling off within 24 hours. The large fruits up to 20cm long are ripe between November and December and contain an edible pulp high in vitamin C. Easy to grow it makes a very unique houseplant when young which can be trained as a Bonsai.
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ADANSONIA DIGITATA. African Baobab.
Latin Name: Adansonia Digitata.
Common Name: Baobab. African Baobab. Cream of Tartar Tree. Monkey Bread Tree.
Native to: Southern Africa.
Hardiness: Frost tender. Can live ouside through summer though.
Growth Characteristics: Massive barrel-like trunk used for storing water in the fibrous wood. Long lived. Wide irregular crowns of spirally arranged bluish-green palmate leaves. Deciduous. Spectacular pendulous white scented flowers open in an evening, followed by large fruit containing edible pulp. Drought tolerant when established.
Sunlight: Bright posistion.
Soil: Well drained
Moisture: Water regularly in growing season. Less in winter but do not let the roots dry out completely.
Feeding: Feed every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
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