Sterculia foetida is a soft-wooded tree originally from East Africa and North Australia.
The grey bark is smooth, spotted with brown and faintly ridged. The flowers, appearing early in February, forms at the knotty ends of the wrinkled old branchlets. The fruit consists of four to five follicles, each follicle generally containing 10-15 seeds.
||5 inch (13 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
||Java Olive, Peon, Poon Tree, Wild Indian Almond, Sterculia nut, Jangli badam
|Maximum Reachable Height
||Up to 100 feet
||Easy to grow
Planting and careThis species should be planted in fertile, well-draining soil that is kept moist. Specimens require large amounts of space to grow properly. Apply mulch near the base to help retain soil moisture. In India, a leaf-rolling insect is a serious pest of this species.
Sterculia Foetida care
Choose a warm, sheltered location when growing. The vining varieties require a support structure as some can get 15 feet tall. Natural habitat is Moist deciduous forests and in the plains along coastal areas.
||18 to 32 degrees C
||Apply any organic fertilizer
||After 9 to 11 months of fruit setting.
Sterculia Foetida special feature
Sterculia Foetida uses
- The plant is used for an ornamental purpose
- They contain an oil that is used medicinally
- The seeds are edible after toasting and taste like chestnuts