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.
Common name: Babul, Cachu, Catechu, Kaderi.Khoira, Koir, Kheriya Baval, Kher Kagli, Kugli, Khair Sandra,
Color: white to pale yellow, bright golden yellow color
Height: Upto 15 metre
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & 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.
Soil: Tolerates a wide range of soil types, thriving in alluvial and heavy clay soils with pH 5.0–9.0. When used in land reclamation, A. nilotica can be planted onto degraded saline/alkaline soils with a soluble salt content below 3%.
Water: Adapted to annual rainfall of 300–2,200 mm. Vigorous in seasonally flooded environments.
Temprature: Grows from 0–1,340 m altitude, with an annual mean temperature of 18–28°C. Tolerates extremes of temperature (-1–50°C) when established, but is frost sensitive as a seedling.
Can be established readily from seed.
Extremely drought tolerant.
Leaves and pods have high CP content.
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