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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -6
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Bombacaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Drought tolerant
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full Sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Unknown
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Adansonia digitata
(baobab tree, bottle tree, dead rat tree)

Commonly known as boabab, this tree is native to tropical Africa. Boababs have been known to live up to 3,000 years and can hold thousands of liters of water in its trunk. Elephants sometimes tear apart the boabab to drink water from inside the trunk. Culturally, it is believed that eating a flower will put one at high risk of being eaten by a lion, however if one drinks water where a baobab seed has been soaked you will be safe from a crocodile attack. The fruit, seeds, and leaves are edible. The fruits are covered in a powder high in vitamins, and the seeds can be used to thicken soups and gravy’s. The leaves are high in minerals and protein. The wood is used for fuel and timber. The flowers bloom at night and are pollinated by moths, bats, and nocturnal insects

Plant Uses

  • Specimen
  • Ornamental
  • Cultural significance
  • Bonzai
  • Edible

Dangers

None