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AFRICAN SAUSAGE TREE Whole Fruit | Kigelia africana


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AFRICAN SAUSAGE TREE -  Kigelia africana - Whole Fruit


Guaranteed to be over 1kg, this whole fruit of the African Sausage Tree possesses a high quality medicinal profile and is freshly harvested.


The African Sausage Tree is an extremely variable, semi deciduous tree with a large, dense, spreading crown. It sometimes grows up to 23 m tall but is usually smaller. The bole is sometimes crooked, it usually branches from low-down and can be 80cm in diameter.

An important medicinal plant in Africa, where it is commonly gathered from the wild for local use. The fruits are often sold in local markets and more recently the plant has become an ingredient in commercial applications to treat a range of skin complaints.


The tree is often cultivated or protected in and around the villages of tropical Africa for medicinal purposes and to provide shade and a village meeting place.


It is also widely grown as an ornamental in the tropics of all continents, producing long lax pendulous panicles of attractive, maroon-coloured, yellow-veined flowers that can be nearly 1m long. It is not advisable, however, to park a vehicle or to put up a tent underneath an African Sausage Tree during the fruiting period. The 'sausages' that drop every so often weigh up to 12kg and can cause considerable damage.




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AFRICAN SAUSAGE TREE Whole Fruit | Kigelia africana

SKU: African Sausage Tree Whole Fruit
  • A plant of of the tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 3,000m. It is found in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range 900 - 2,000mm. It is not frost resistant, but if young plants are protected for the first 2 - 3 years from cold winds in colder areas, they will survive. Prefers a medium loam soil. Grows best in a sunny position in a fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil.

    A very variable plant, a large number of species have been described by Botanists, but it is now considered that the genus is monospecific and variations are due to ecological influences, affecting phytochemistry.

    A relatively slow growing tree, depending on the climate, it reaches good shade proportions in 4 - 5 years. The growth rate is at least 1m per year, but it is slower in colder areas. Trees commence flowering when they are about 6 years old from seed.

    Plants can flower intermittently all year round. The flowers are unpleasantly scented to attract natural pollinators. The tree has a rather invasive root system and should not be planted close to buildings or fences. The tree can be used successfully for bonsai, the thick stem being an attractive feature.