Theobroma cacao is the taxonomic classification for the plant also called the cacao tree and the cocoa tree, which is a small evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae, native to the deep tropical regions of Central and South America.
Common name: cocoa, cocoa tree, chocolate tree, cacao tree Color: Pink Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer Height: 20.00 to 30.00 feet Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area. Arabian is a small bush with evergreen leaves. There are many other varieties of plant, of which are best suited for sub-tropical climates. Learning how to grow will add a striking visual and olfactory touch to the garden.
Sunlight: full sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: apply any organic fertilizer
Always wear safety goggles; branches can whip back when released.
Start with pruning shears for smaller growth.
Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick.
A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.
Deadhead religiously and keep beds clean.
Special Feature: Commercially grown pantropically for its seeds/beans. Interesting small ornamental tree for tropical areas. Use Medicinal use:
The use of cocoa to treat or prevent magnesium deficiency in humans has not been explored.
Cocoa products are used extensively in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
Cocoa powder and cocoa butter are often mixed with chocolate liquor (ground cacao seeds), sugar, milk, and other flavors.