Catha edulis , Bushman's Tea, Ghat, Khat, Qat

Catha edulis

Bushman's Tea, Ghat, Khat, Qat
Family: Celastraceae
Origin: East Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
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It is quite tolerant of full sun but will do better in semi-shade in hotter climates.

In temperate climates, its growth can be somewhat limited during the winter months, therefore it is best grown in a pot in cold regions. For optimal growth, make sure that the pot in which the Catha edulis is placed must offer the right size, adequate drainage holes and should be of the right porosity and acidity. Use a well-draining soil, with a slightly acidic to neutral pH, and provide it with plenty of organic materials and slow-release fertilizers. When watering, make sure that it is done regularly, but never overwater the plant.

Catha edulis is a tropical small tree, growing to a height of 10-20 ft and it can be used as an ornamental or medicinal plant. The leaves are about 1.5 inches long and the bichromic flowers (white and off-white) appear from late summer to late autumn and the plant is grown in USDA Zones 9-11, requiring both moderately moist and dry conditions. Catha edulis has a multitude of ethnomedical uses and it has been used for centuries by the native people of East Africa for various purposes. The plant is widely used against respiratory diseases. In tropical Africa and Arab countries it provides the habit-forming stimulant found in the leaves.

Overall, Catha edulis is relatively easy to grow and robust and is perfect for any garden. It is an attractive, low-maintenance tree that provides year-round beauty and can be used both medicinally and ornamentally.

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