Native Region: North India
Zone Range: 10-12
Preferred Climate: Full sun; well draining soils
Harvest Date: Monday 21 November, 2011
Seed count: 8-10
A fast growing, quick to flower tropical tree with lovely blue-green pinnate foliage that reminds me of Robinia (black locust). Hailed a 'miracle tree' by many for its highly nutritous foliage and flowers, even the pods are edible when the seed are in the white milk stage. Leaves are considered essential in soups. Seed bear lots of high quality oil. Drought tolerant.
A tender tropical tree, but in less desirable climates it can be heavily mulched as it will resprout from the crown when weather improves. Cuttings strike readily.
Easy. Soak seed in warm water 12 hours. Because seedlings are extremely fragile, its best to sow directly in soil or in very deep pots. Germinates in 4-7 days at 30C. Seed high in oil content so protect from pests as they'll dearly grub up the seeds for their own.