A strange and famous tree of the African savanna. The Baobab is recognizable both for its huge trunk, one of the largest in circumference of all tree species and for its distinct profile, that along with the Acacia, defines the savanna flora.
A medium to large tree reaching 50-75ft. The trunk can reach up to 50-80ft in girth! The scraggly branches that grow from the trunk create the appearance of a tree upside-down. Large white flowers, passingly reminiscent of a Camellia bloom in Fall. Flowers can reach 5-7" in diameter and smell or carrion, attracting their pollinators, fruit bats. Hard, egg-shaped fruits follow with an edible dry pulp that is reportedly high in vitamin C. Many wild Baobab trees have been dated to as much as 2000 years old.
Hardy to at least 30F, though trees will quickly defoliate and die back once temperatures drop below 40F.
The baobab grows best in frost-free climates. Grow in well-drained soil. It is highly drought tolerant once established. Do not allow water-logged soil or standing water. Grow in full sun.
By seeds. Soak in water for 24 hours prior to planting.
Grown as an ornamental for its strange beauty. The fruits are also edible and are used to make a drink that supposedly tastes like lemonade.
Native throughout the savanna regions of sub-Saharan Africa.
|Ansiodontea x hypomandarum
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