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Ceratonia siliqua (Carob)

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Plant description

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Carob is a large, evergreen tree, cultivated for its edible pods that can be used as a chocolate substitute, ground to powder or eaten fresh or dried. It grows to around fifteen metres tall, with a lovely spreading crown, making it a good shady tree for large gardens, farms and parks when it is mature. As it grows to maturity, it is good for a taller growing hedge.

Carob is a drought tolerant plant with few pests and diseases. It is frost and humidity tolerant. They grow best in a well drained loam, and dislike waterlogged conditions. Best in warm temperate, subtropical and Mediterranean climates. The tree doesn't like waterlogged soils, but will tolerate some saltiness.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 11 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 10 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
High frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 6.0-8.0

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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