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MALABAR CHESTNUT GROWING INFORMATION
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BOTANICAL NAME: Pachira glabra
Malabar Chestnut; Guyana Chestnut; Saba Nut; Munguba; Mamorana; Provision Tree
An extremely adaptable, fast growing, ornamental, evergreen nut tree to a height of 7m with a spread of 3m. The trunk
swells at the base as the tree ages. The leaves are large, divided and bright green. The flowers are very ornamental,
10 cm long, cream 'shaving brush' style flowers, very striking. It is native to tropical America and prefers moist,
well-composted, well-drained soils in a warm, sunny position. It is resistant to drought and very hardy but will only
tolerate light frost. It will also tolerate some shade.
The pods are about twice the size of a walnut. The nuts inside the green, football-shaped pods are very edible and
nutritious and about the size of a cashew. The nuts can be roasted, fried in oil, added to stir-fry or eaten raw. The
young leaves and flowers can be eaten like a vegetable. In Japan this tree is a popular indoor plant.
The seedpods containing the nuts change colour from green to brown when ripe, usually in the wet season, January to
March. If left too long on the tree they will split open and drop the nuts to the ground. Bagging the nuts will
protect the seedpods from possums and also catch the nuts if they start to drop.
Not to NORFOLK ISLAND, NT, SA, TAS or WA
SORRY but due to quarantine restrictions between Australian States no plants at all can be ordered
by residents of Norfolk Island
. These restrictions are very important as they prevent
the spread of plant pests and diseases. No potatoes, garlic, shallots, strawberries or tubestock
can be sent to South Australia
. No tubestock can be sent to
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