Senegalia Catechu, Khair - 0.5 kg Seeds

Deciduous, thorny tree famous in India with the name kher.
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About Senegalia Catechu

Acacia Nilotica, also known as Acacia Arabica, gum arabic tree, Babul can be found in tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia. Acacia Nilotica is a tree of 5–20 m high. Babul tree is a drought tolerant tree but will tolerate only light frost.

The crown is low and can be flattened or a rounded umbrella-shape. It is also know for its medicinal uses.

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Seeds Specifications

Common Name Babul, Cachu, Catechu, Koir, Kheriya Baval, Kher Kagli, Khair, Sandra, Cutch Tree, black catechu
Height Up to 15 m
Flower Colour White to pale yellow
Bloom Time July to August
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting and care

  • After about six months in a nursery, the seedlings can be planted in the field

Senegalia Catechu care

  • Acacia catechu leaves are shed around February and new leaves appear near the end of April or May
  • The flowers appear when the new leaves appear and flowering continues until July or August
  • Pods rapidly develop and are full-size by September or October
  • They ripen from November to early January
Sunlight Full, Seedlings are shade intolerant.
Watering Adapted to annual rainfall of 300 to 2,200 mm. Vigorous in seasonally flooded environments.
Soil Tolerates a wide range of soil types, thriving in alluvial and heavy clay soils with pH 5 to 9. When used in land reclamation, A. nilotica can be planted onto degraded saline/alkaline soils with a soluble salt content below 3%.
Temperature 18 to 28 degrees C. Tolerates extremes of temperature (minus 1 to 50 degrees C) when established, but is frost sensitive as a seedling.
Fertilizer Use any organic fertilizer

Senegalia Catechu special feature

Can be established readily from seed. Extremely drought tolerant. Leaves and pods have high CP content. Kachu (obtained after boiling the heart wood) is high in phenolics and used for chewing with betel leaf.

Senegalia Catechu uses

Medicinal Use:

  • Acacia arabica is reported to possess many beneficial properties
  • It is reported for In vitro antibacterial activity, antimicrobial and immuno modulatory activities
  • Flavonoids, triterpenoids, alkaloids and phenolics are known to be bioactive anti diabetic principles present in Acacia arabica
  • Acacia Arabica is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat diabetes mellitus
  • The hypoglycemic effect of aqueous extract and hydroalcoholic extract of Acacia arabica was investigated and proved scientifically
  • Oral administration of aqueous extract of Acacia arabica bark to diabetic and normal rats resulted in significant reduction of blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides
  • The aqueous extract of Acacia arabica was found to reduce blood glucose level to its normal level with in seven days
  • Histological studies of the β-cells show its action on pancreas
  • Phenolics present in Acacia arabica are found to be effective as anti hyperglycemic agents
  • The gum of Acacia arabica is described in the British pharmacopoeia as a source of useful medicaments
  • Acacia arabica is a good antibacterial agent
  • In a clinical trial report implies the presence of substances in Acacia gum which, compared with ordinary gum, primarily inhibit the early deposition of plaque

Culinary Use:

  • The tree is often planted for use as firewood and charcoal and its wood is highly valued for furniture and tools

Frequently Asked Questions

How tall do senegalia catechu grow?

On average senegalia catechu grows Up to 15 m

What color are senegalia catechu?

A senegalia catechu plant bears flowers of color White to pale yellow

How hard is senegalia catechu to grow?

A senegalia catechu is Easy

How much sunlight does a senegalia catechu need?

A senegalia catechu prefers Full, Seedlings are shade intolerant.

How much water does a senegalia catechu need?

A senegalia catechu prefers watering Adapted to annual rainfall of 300 to 2,200 mm. Vigorous in seasonally flooded environments.

What kind of soil does a senegalia catechu need?

Tolerates a wide range of soil types, thriving in alluvial and heavy clay soils with pH 5 to 9. When used in land reclamation, A. nilotica can be planted onto degraded saline/alkaline soils with a soluble salt content below 3%.

What temperature does a senegalia catechu like?

18 to 28 degrees C. Tolerates extremes of temperature (minus 1 to 50 degrees C) when established, but is frost sensitive as a seedling.

How should I fertilize my senegalia catechu?

Use any organic fertilizer



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