The distinctive Baobab tree is an amazing plant, most successful in tropical areas, and not to be confused with the Queensland Bottle Tree, Brachychiton rupestris. Adansonia does not like the cold at all and will flourish only in tropical conditions, whereas the Brachychiton can be grown as far south as Victoria.
The Australian Baobab bears large, ornate and fragrant white flowers in the wet season, with the flowers opening at night. The tree will drop its leaves in the dry season. It needs very well drained soil in a dry spot. It can be grown in more temperate areas with moderate success if given a very warm, sheltered microclimate or grown in a container indoors. It is very susceptible to overwatering and root rot during dormancy (winter).
The fruits have an edible white part, eaten by Aboriginal people, it is refreshing and tastes like sherbet. The trees have a variety of other uses as well, including using the sap for drinks, and the hollows of trees collect fresh water. The young roots are also eaten.
Fresh seed will germinate readily, seedlings are vulnerable to damping off.
|Scientific Name:||Adansonia gregorii|
|Common Name:||Bottle Tree|
|Other Common Names:||Australian Baobab|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large tree|
|Height:||5 ~ 15 metres|
|Width:||2 ~ 10 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Sandy loam|
|Plant Environment:||Indoor, Container growing, Flower garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Semi-arid|
|Growth Habit:||Deciduous, Open foliage, Spreading|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Wow factor|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Bonsai, Decorative fruit|
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