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BAOBAB
Adansonia digitata

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Photo Locations: Koko Crater Botanical Garden - Honolulu, HI, Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens - Waimea, HI and Foster Botanical Garden - Honolulu, HI

General Notes

Baobab is comon in large open spaces in Hawaii, and is easily identified by it's swollen trunk and branches, and it's large white flowers that droop down. The baobab fruit is a traditional food throughout Africa, and only recently were approved for sale throughout the E.U. and U.S. Their distinct form has likely led to a swath of creation stories in regards to the Baobab tree, for example, tribes residing along the Zambezi river believed that their gods uprooted the Baobab tree and flipped it up-side down due to the trees hubris. The Plant Pono link for Baobab is https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/adansonia-digitata/

 

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Sahara to South Africa.

Family: Malvaceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect with a High Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 70 - 80 feet.

Width: 60 feet.

Longevity 50 to 150 years or more.

Leaves Palmately Compound, Green, No Change, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Green, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches).

Bark Gray, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist to Dry and Well Drained Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Sand Texture.

Neutral Soil pH.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Various beetles, mealy bugs and cotton stainer bugs in Africa..

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Attracts Bees, Squirrels, and Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Park Tree.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Adansonia digitata Tree Record." 1995-2021. Apr 12, 2021.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/adansonia-digitata >

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