Peanut tree

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Sterculia quadrifida

Family : Sterculiaceae

The Peanut Tree is an attractive medium sized tree with an open crown. It can grow up to 10 metres in favorable areas and will normally lose its leaves in the dry season. Leaves of the tree are clustered at the end of the stalks, very smooth and broadly heart shaped. They are bright to dark green and very large in juvenile plants.

The flowers are small and seen in clusters near the end of the branches. There are greenish - yellow with the petals fused into a cap over the flower. Fruits of the Peanut tree have bright orange or red leathery seed casings. These split open to reveal 2-8 velvet black seeds.

The Peanut Tree is excellent for gardens and screening or shelterbelts. It is fast growing and likes full or partial sun.


Quick Facts

Flowers February to November
Fruit August to December
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Insects
Growth Habit Tree
Typical Height <10m
Soils Most Soils
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Dry or Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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Peanut Tree Seed Pod © NQ Dry Tropics
Peanut Tree Seed Pod © NQ Dry Tropics

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