Common name: Sea almond, Ketapang ISingapore)

Native to: Uncertain as naturalised along coastal areas from Africa to N Australia, SA Asia and Indian subcontinent

 

The tree grows to 35 m (115 ft) tall, with an upright, symmetrical crown and horizontal branches. Terminalia catappa has corky, light fruit that are dispersed by water. The seed within the fruit is edible when fully ripe, tasting almost like almond. As the tree gets older, its crown becomes more flattened to form a spreading, vase shape. Its branches are distinctively arranged in tiers. The leaves are dry-season deciduos and turn red before falling.

Terminalia catappa

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  • Native / exotic: Native

    Aspect: Full sun

    Flowers: Indistinct green-white flowers on a terminal spike

    Fragrance: None

    Foliage: Deciduous, large leavrs up to 15-25cm that turn red in the dry

    Growth habit: Upright, branches distinctively arranged in tiers

    Hardiness: Hardy, tropical areas, not tolerate of cold

    Height: Up to 35 metres

    Spread: Up to 10 metres

    Soil requirements: Sandy, well-drained soils. Keep well mulched

    Uses: Large structural planting in areas with a lot of space

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