Adansonia Grandidieri. Grandidieri's Baobab.
The Adansonia Grandidieri is the most majestic, not to mention the largest and most famous of Madagascar's six species of Baobabs. A massive cylindrical trunk can be up to 3m in diameter is covered with a smooth reddish-grey bark and used for storing water. In habitat the large flat topped crowns come into leaf in the wet season and bear bluish-green sprirally arranged palmate leaves between October and May followed by dark brown flower buds and spectacular white flowers which open in the evening and have a watermelony scent. The large fruits are ripe between November and December containing kidney shaped seeds within an edible pulp high in vitamin C. These amazing trees are classed as an endangered species due to deforestation. Easy to grow it makes a very unique houseplant in the UK when yound which can also be trained as a Bonsai.
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ADANSONIA GRANDIDIERI. Grandidieri's Baobab.
Latin Name: Adansonia Grandidieri.
Common Name: Grandidieri's Baobab. Giant Baobab.
Native to: South Western Madagascar.
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 crowns of spirally arranged bluish-green palmate leaves. Deciduous. Spectacular white flower open in an evening, followed by large fruit holding kidney shaped seeds held in an 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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