Family : Sterculiaceae
The Peanut Tree is an attractive medium sized tree with an open crown. It can grow up to 10 metres in favorable areas and will normally lose its leaves in the dry season. Leaves of the tree are clustered at the end of the stalks, very smooth and broadly heart shaped. They are bright to dark green and very large in juvenile plants.
The flowers are small and seen in clusters near the end of the branches. There are greenish - yellow with the petals fused into a cap over the flower. Fruits of the Peanut tree have bright orange or red leathery seed casings. These split open to reveal 2-8 velvet black seeds.
The Peanut Tree is excellent for gardens and screening or shelterbelts. It is fast growing and likes full or partial sun.
|Flowers||February to November|
|Fruit||August to December|
|Coastal Zone||Hind Dune|
|Amount of Sun||Full or Partial Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry or Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Moderately Tolerant|
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