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Baobab - Adansonia digitata

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Baobab tree

Some species of succulent trees belong to the genus adansonia, among which some of the largest succulents in the world. Most of the species, including the baobab tree, are native to southern Africa, while only Adansonia gibbosa originates from Australia. In nature they develop like large trees, 20-25 meters high, with a large and enlarged stem, which can reach 25-30 meters in width. They have large dark green palmate leaves, composed of 5-7 small oval leaves, elongated; baobabs are deciduous trees, they lose them during the winter months. In spring they produce large white, pendulous flowers with fleshy petals, followed by large oval fruits. The baobabs have a very slow development, and the specimens grown in pots generally remain below 150-200 cm in height; in fact they lose much of their charm, since it is difficult to appreciate the particular dimensions of the large trunk, a distinctive feature of these trees. A large crown, well branched, branches off from the trunk; stem and branches are covered with a thick, smooth greyish-brown bark.


Exposure

Baobab trees are grown in a sunny place and can even withstand temperatures slightly below zero, but for very short periods, and only if in a completely dry place. During the winter months they take shelter in a cold greenhouse, or in a temperate greenhouse.

Being plants native to warm climates, it cannot be thought that in our latitudes these species give great results but with some tricks even baobabs can be successfully cultivated, partly inside homes or in greenhouses and partly outside.

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