Kigelia pinnata, Kigelia africana, Sausage Tree

Kigelia pinnata, Kigelia africana

Sausage Tree
Family: Bignoniaceae
Origin: Tropical West Africa
Big tree taller than 20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterDeciduous plantEthnomedical plant.
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Kigelia pinnata (Sausage tree) is native to Tropical West Africa, Ethiopia and Madagascar and thrives in the humid tropics. It is hardy in USDA Zones 9-11 and prefers full sun to semi-shade and moderate water. Kigelia is a deciduous plant, a big tree up to 50Ft with a spreading crown. The fragrant flowers attract pollinators such as bats and sunbirds. When they fall after a single night they are followed by sausage-like fruit that may be as long as two feet, weighing several kilograms, quite dramatic in overall effect.

This plant is also well known for its ethnomedical use, especially in Africa, where the bark, leaves, and fruit are used to treat various diseases.

When growing Sausage tree in a pot in a cold region, it is important to protect it if temperatures drop to below freezing. Make sure the pot drains well and keep it in a sheltered position with some protection from the cold. Pruning needs to be done regularly to maintain a manageable size and shape.

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Kigelia pinnata - Sausage tree

Sausage tree - curious specimen tree with large 1-2 ft long fruit hanging on long ropes, and red tulip-like flowers opening at night. Fast grower, hard-to-kill plant!
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, very large plant
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