Adansonia digitata



Indigenous to the hot, dry savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa. Adansonia digitata trees usually grow solitarily. The tree's flowers are large and white, up to 5 inches across.

The Adansonia digitata is considered to have the most effective biological defenses against water loss. Typically growing in sandy-textured soils, this tree also thrives in rocky hillsides alongside areas where there is runoff. This species has a well-documented history of living for hundreds to well over 1,000 years!

Adansonia digitata is commonly referred to as a "Monkey-bread Tree." The reason for this, is that their fruit is edible. Its fruit is highly nutritious and is blended into smoothies and added to other foods such as cereal bars.


1. Baobabus digitata (L.) Kuntze
2. Adansonia baobab Gaertn.
3. Adansonia digitata var. congolensis A.Chev.
4. Adansonia integrifolia Raf.
5. Adansonia scutula Steud.
6. Adansonia situla (Lour.) Spreng.
7. Adansonia somalensis Chiov.
8. Adansonia sphaerocarpa A.Chev.
9. Adansonia sulcata A.Chev.

Plant Details
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Drought tolerant
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Latin Name: 
Adansonia digitata
Common Name: 
Sour gourd, Sira, Sito, Guinea Tamarind, Upside-down tree, Boaboa, Boab, Lemonade tree, Monkey-bread tree, Cream of Tartar tree, Bahobab, Monkey-bread tree bahobab, Bottle tree, Dead-rat tree

Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

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Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

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Houston, TX Rodeo

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