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About Desert Date

Desert Date is a thorn tree growing up to 30 ft tall, with a generally narrow form. The branches are thorny. The dark green compound leaves are made up of two leathery leaflets which are variable in size and shape. Leaf-stalk is channeled, 0.5-2 cm with a short rachis.

Leaflets are entire, generally up to 6 cm long, 4 cm broad, although can be smaller (1-3 x 0.3-1.5 cm). Greenish stalkless flowers are borne in few-flowered fascicles

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Balanites aegyptiaca Del. (Zygophyllaceae),Desert Date, Egyptian myrobalan, heglig, Jericho balsam, simple thorned torch tree, simple-thorned torchwood, soap berry tree , hingot, hingan, , hingan-ka-per, ingudi, hingor, ingala, ingalarade, ingalare,namunta, nanchunta, hingalbet, hingam ,tapasadruma, angaravrksa,hinguputra,nanchundan, nancuntan , gara, gara-chettu, hingot, [Balanites aegyptiaca (L.) Delile] Balanites aegyptiaca
Maximum Reachable Height upto 30 feet
Flower Colour Purple
Bloom Time Seasonal bloomer
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

not much care is needed. can survive in hot temperature.

Desert Date care

After a good rain, find a spot that is the first to dry out. Water trapped beneath the scales may rot the bulb, so a well-drained site is essential. Also, select a site that gets full sun. For dependable blooms, lilies need six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day.

Sunlight Full sun
Watering Dry to medium
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature 20 to 30 degree celsius
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

Desert Date special feature

Where winter hardy, this plant is effectively grown as a hedge, windbreak or screen. Foundations. Borders. Lawn specimen. Large containers near patios or along driveways. Xeriscape plant.

Desert Date uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose
  • Its generally kep indoor in living room and in terrac area

Medicinal Use:

  • The fruits have been used in the treatment of liver and spleen diseases
  • The fruit Desert Date is known to kill the snails which carry schistosomiasis and bilharzia flukes
  • The roots are used for abdominal pains and as a purgative
  • Gum from the wood is mixed with maize meal porridge to treat chest problems
  • The fruit can cure mouth ulcer, whooping cough, sleeping sickness and skin diseases
  • Fruit kernel has been found as a mild laxative, an antidote to arrow poison, and also acts as a vermifuge

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Desert Date ?

Desert Date is commonly known as Balanites aegyptiaca Del. (Zygophyllaceae),Desert Date, Egyptian myrobalan, heglig, Jericho balsam, simple thorned torch tree, simple-thorned torchwood, soap berry tree , hingot, hingan, , hingan-ka-per, ingudi, hingor, ingala, ingalarade, ingalare,namunta, nanchunta, hingalbet, hingam ,tapasadruma, angaravrksa,hinguputra,nanchundan, nancuntan , gara, gara-chettu, hingot, [Balanites aegyptiaca (L.) Delile] Balanites aegyptiaca

How tall do Desert Date grow?

On average Desert Date grows upto 30 feet

What color are Desert Date ?

A Desert Date plant bears flowers of color Purple

When Desert Date blooms?

With enough light, Desert Date may produce Purple flowers in Seasonal bloomer

How hard is Desert Date to grow?

A Desert Date is easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Desert Date need?

A Desert Date prefers Full sun

How much water does a Desert Date need?

A Desert Date prefers watering Dry to medium

What kind of soil does a Desert Date need?

A Desert Date prefers well-drained soil

What temperature does a Desert Date like?

A Desert Date prefers 20 to 30 degree celsius

How often should I fertilize my Desert Date ?

To encourage Desert Date growth, Apply any organic fertilizer

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