Common name: Giant Baobab, Grandidier’s Baobab
Origin: Africa, Madagascar
Height at maturity: up to 25 meters
Plant type: tree
Foliage: falls in the dry season
Flowering: May to August
Flower color: white
Soil type: ordinary, well-draining
Watering: normal to dry
Use: container, bonsai
Diseases and insect pests: resistant to diseases
Storage of seeds: 4 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Baobab endemic to Madagascar, grandidierii is a species in danger of extinction. It is the largest of the baobabs and can measure more than 25 meters in height and its trunk can reach 3 meters in diameter, smooth of grayish red color, and with the characteristic shape of a cylinder.
It is a deciduous tree whose crown at the top is flattened. Its flowers are white. The leaves appear in March and fall at the beginning of autumn, the baobab at this time goes dormant until spring.
The giant baobab has no cold tolerance but can withstand minimum temperatures of 1°C. However, it needs a temperature of 18°C and a sunny position to grow in good health.
Baobabs make excellent bonsai.
You can grow baobabs indoors, but it is imperative to provide them with plenty of light and heat. You can take them out in spring and summer.