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DRUMSTICK TREE ( MORINGA ) Moringa oleifera

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Also known as the Horseradish tree or Tree of Life originated in India and has spread in popularity to many parts of Asia, Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific. This tree has delicate foliage and attractive pale yellow flowers. Possibly one of the most useful trees in the world, it produces long green pods that have been compared to a cross between peanuts and asparagus. The peeled roots are used as a substitute for horseradish and the edible leaves make a highly nutritious vegetable. Claims are made that its tiny leaves contains 7 times the Vit C of oranges, 4 times the Vit A of Carrots, 4 times the Calcium of milk, 3 times the Potassium of Bananas, and 2 times the protein of yogurt. (Source: Nutritive Value of Indian Foods, by C. Gopalan, et al. ) The roots have also been documented as useful in many folk remedies. In Africa it has been also called the Miracle Tree with so many uses.

The slender, semi -deciduous, perennial tree, to about 10 m tall with drooping branches. OK to keep pruned under 2mts as its the leaves that is what is best used in cooking.

Thrives in subtropical and tropical climates, flowering and fruiting freely and continuously. Grows best on a dry sandy soil. Makes an ideal shade tree with high drought resistance.

Other Names: Horseradish tree, moringa oleifera
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$14.90 0 Seedling MT Email Me When Available In Production
Grown From Climate Height Frost tol. Pollination req'd Evergreen/Deciduous Harvest period
Seedling Subtropical - Tropical 2-8 Sensitive Beneficial Semi-deciduous Summer - Autumn
 

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Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

The fruit is also edible when cooked. Harvest the fruit when it is not fully mature or reached the woody stage. Slice the fruit lengthwise by following the groove. Easier to slice into four pieces to access the soft pods. | Susana Realica-turner - Belmont, NSW 05-Jan-2006

Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

The young leaves of Drumstick tree can also be cooked and used as a vegetable. This is a commonly used vegetable in Northern part of The Philippines. | Jay Queja - Berowra Heights, NSW 12-Jan-2006

Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

Very tasty when added to chicken stew/chicken soup | V. Austin - Blaine, WA 30-Jan-2006

Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

The soft yellow and white flowers are an excellent vegetable also. May be sauted withy onions and a pinch of tumeric, or added to your omlette. If you choose the latter, keep your omlette simple with just onions and drumstick flowers in beaten eggs | Yogendra Narayan - Griffith, NSW 05-Feb-2006

Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

The Pods are wonderfully tasty when cooked with Tumeric and English Mustard as part of Sri-Lankan cuisine. | Noel Burdette - Goodna, QLD 02-Oct-2006

Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

Wanted, hints on how to grow the seeds | Sheila Tierney - Gold Coast, QLD 02-Jun-2007

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi Sheila, I haven't tried growing drumstick tree from seeds but I am not a botanist. You can grow it from mature cuttings say 3 cm diametre by 1 m. It needs very rich soil, protect cutting from getting dry or sun burn. | Susana Realica-turner - Belmont, NSW 30-Oct-2007

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Adding the ground up seed of the drumstick tree clarifies turbid water. According to New Scientist it also traps much of the bacteria content in the water as well. How cool is that? Who needs water purifiers? | Ruben Garcia - Jiggi, NSW 03-Jan-2008

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Young trees need protection from Possums as they will destroy them> | Steve - Bundaberg, QLD 28-Feb-2008

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Can you grow drumstick in a pot?? | Diane - Springfield, QLD 18-Mar-2008

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi Diane you may but it will not thrive well unless planted outside directly in the soil. The young plant is very frost-sensitive until the branches harden and become woody with age. | Y Narayan - Griffith, NSW 11-May-2008

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I love drumsticks cooked in a curry but want to know where to buy a tree in perth western australia | Yvonne Pringle - Armadale , W.A. 06-Aug-2008

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Can it treat diabitis | Rouaa Maher Abdle Rahim - Sudan Khartoum, KHART 04-Jan-2009

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Dear all, my drum stick tree has quadrupald in size from when I bought it abt 4mnths ago!!! Its fruiting now!!! And what's best is that I grow it in a very large plastic pot...hw abt that!!!!! | S.l. - Quakers Hill, NSW 03-Feb-2009

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

When hot crab curries are cooked drumstick leaves are added and the crab curry taste heaven! This is a regional Sri Lankan recipe. | Giri - Cheltenham, NSW 01-Mar-2009

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

My drumstick tree provides us with many drumsticks, we supply to friends & family and also sell to the local gourmet shop. I have successfully grown the tree from seed as well. | Jeffrey Blaquiere - Marangaroo-6064, W.A. 04-May-2009

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

We want to make drumstick tree as popular as any holy tree & make it compulsory in every court yard in every house hold | Ashutosh Pandey - Bhopal India, INDIA 20-Jul-2009

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

My drumstick tree is now well over 3m tall, is completely decidous in a temperate zone but appears healthy. I will need to plant it in the ground this spring.I beleive it is also known as Saragawa. It tastes great. | Sl - Quakers Hill, NSW 23-Aug-2009

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Mature drumstick can be dried, powdered and used in vegetables, soups. If fibrous, or long sticks, they can be put in a sieve and separated. Flowers can be cooked with grated coconut, or with potatoes and peas. | Nirmala Patwari - Hyderabad, India, A P 10-Sep-2009

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

My drumstick plant (from Daileys) is an incredibly fast grower. It has been in the ground for just under 3 months and has reached a height of about 3m & the trunk is about 6cm in diameter. | Tony - Brisbane, QLD 21-Jan-2010

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Marvellous fruits, seeds and leaves | Jay Jayadevan - Cherrybrook, NSW 21-Jan-2010

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I would like to buy two drumstick trees for my cancer treatment ca n anyone please help, tm dubbo nsw. | Trevor Magann - Brocklehurst, NSW 31-Jan-2010

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Wonderful tree, I use leaves for vegetable, dry leaves and make into a powder used in porridge flour or in warm water and drunk as refreshment. Every home should plant this tree. | Rhoda Nungo - Kakamega, KENYA 21-Feb-2010

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi I am Diane from Queensland who wrote in Mar 2008 whether you can grow this tree in a pot well my tree has been growing in the 40cm pot ever since. It has not been very leafy more lanky it grew 3, 30cm pods which I have allowed to dry on the tree. | Diane - Springfield, QLD 12-Mar-2010

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi Yvonne Pringle - Armadale I got a Moringa Tree last week, I live in Kelmscott | Jk - Kelmscott, WA 31-Mar-2010

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Drum stick tree or MORINGA TREE has lot of other names,MIRACLE TREE,MAGIC TREE, WONDER TREE,POWER HOUSE ETC..so , the name itself tells you the importance of the tree.This is one of the fastest growing tree in the world without much care. | Sandirasekaran - Lusaka Zambia, LUSAK 23-Jul-2010

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I knew nothing about this tree till I saw it in a nursery in Chipata Zambia where we are assisting with a food project garden. Check out this site for great info. http://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/our-initiatives/moringa/moringa-tree | Joanne Cronin - Gympie, QLD 09-Oct-2010

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

It is very common shade tree in the Crebean islands and South Florida very good forrage for sheep,cattle and goats very resistant to drought and rapid growth when wet | Daniel D Martin - Hollywood, FL 03-Jan-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

What is its indian name? if somebody can tell me what it is called in Gujarati language will be a great favour. please anyone ? | Vipul P Vasu - Mumbai , MAHA 04-Feb-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

If some leaves turn yellow in very young trees, cut them off. New leaves will form fairly quickly. | Robert Doolan - Brisbane, QLD 10-Feb-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

In Gujarati,it is called "Saragwa ni sing" | Narendra Sampat - Mumbai, MAHAR 11-Feb-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

IT is also called as Munka or Sajna Tree in India. Munka has small leaves and small and cylindrical fruit. Sajna has bigger leave and larger flattish( with 3 edges/side) fruit. Munka leaf and fruit is testier than Sajna leaf and fruit. | Sanatan Mohanty - Orissa, INDIA 26-Feb-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

In BANGLADESH we call it sajna as in India, you can take off the skin from the fruits, pieces and cook with mastered paste termeric, chilli powder and salt. we also cook with lentil soup! | Raquiba Khan - Holsworthy, Australia, NSW 14-Mar-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I bought and planted two lots of seed I purchased on Ebay, first lot never germinated, bought locally, next lot were bought from a chap in north Qld, they have all come up and are going well, growing in large pots and in the ground | Ron Briggs - South Grafton , NSW 09-Apr-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hello, i havent eaten its its flowers sind years, and my taste buds are missing them. anyone in brisbane, if have this tree, and want to taste its flower, please let me know when inflorescence is ready.. we can share the joy | Faheem Ahmad - Brisbane, QLD 21-May-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I have a some plant's reqvayd foue drumstic about 2000palnts | Sandip Patel - Rajpipla, GUJRA 29-May-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi, I would to find a source for Drumstick (Moringa) seeds please. I am in Central Queensland, but any leads in Australia would be much appreciated. | Bill Johansson - Yeppoon, QLD 14-Sep-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi I would like to purchase some seeds from that chap in North Queensland Ron Briggs in South Crafton gave that tip Could you please give me the telephone number many thanks Anke Arkesteyn from Boronia www.delftbluestudio.com | Anke Arkesteyn - Boronia, VIC 14-Oct-2011

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi Anke, sorry I dont have a phone number, but Daley's here on this site, have plants for sale and Mark Wilson ( Kenni_Koala) on ebay has seeds for sale, | Ron Briggs - South Grafton, NSW 15-Feb-2012

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Moringa stenopetala(African variety) grows slower than the Moringa oliefera(Indian variety) but has larger leaves that are easy to collect, and tastier seeds that look like almonds. | Mohan Udiavar - Sydney, NSW 22-Mar-2012

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Moringa olerifera. a threat to native species, invasive on Pacific islands. Qld Gov. weed risk assessment. http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/documents/Biosecurity_EnvironmentalPests/IPA-Horseradish-Tree-Risk-Assessment.pdf | Trish Budd - Brisbane, QLD 12-Jul-2012

Drumstick Tree

Asri lankan friend of mine recently gave me some moringa cuttings one was soaked in water for a week and the other straight in the ground they have both sprouted and growing well | D James - Brisbane, QLD 09-Nov-2012

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I would like to get a Horseradish Tree (Moringa Olerifera)Would most nurseries have them in WA? | Monika Cantoni - Harvey, WA 19-Nov-2012

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Drumstick is called saijan in Hindi. the leaves are yummy when cooked with grated coconut. | Pooja Shankar - Petrie, QLD 08-Jan-2013

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

In srilaka we call it Murunga its leaves are rich in calcium we cooked with coconut | Tarma - Strathfield, NSW 11-Feb-2013

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

It can also be made into noodles and cooked chow mein or Canton style. | Percy Molina - Sydney, NSW 20-Feb-2013

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

The leaves from these plants taste great in chicken stews. Filipinos love them. High in vitamin c. Like sun and water. Can be pruned heavily in winter, will grow back in spring as vigorous as ever. Will grow in NSW | Kevin Humphreys - Newcastle, NSW 24-Mar-2013

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

It tastes very good when cooked with daal and coconut. I have planted one tree in a pot and growing well. | Mani Nair - Mumbai, INDIA 26-Mar-2013

Drumstick Tree ( Moringa )

They are growing good at Fairfield NSW. I bought mine last April 2013 from Bonnyrigg Garden and its now 1.20 m high and healthy. | John Bautista - Fairfield, NSW 22-Jan-2014

Drumstick Tree ( Moringa )

Raised 27 out of 38 seeds in my aquaponics , the seeds were given to me by a friend kept 12 in the garden 8 as a short hedge 4 in pairs in sheltered spots will protect them over winter they are about 35 CM high at the moment. | Bill Ettles - Ravenshoe , QLD 05-Mar-2014
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Drumstick Tree ( Moringa ) 7/10

BRENDAN1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1616 days 7hrs

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thin brittle small tree  seems tough enough

worthwhile purchase

good tasting leaves and the early fresh pods do taste asparagus like 

bees love the flowers

Fruiting Months March and April

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 7 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

na

Organic Status:Organic


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Update: 294 days 9hrs

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19/11/2012 .4mts

Bought this moringa from daleys . Didnt make the same mistake as the last one (mulched right to the stem and watered it and rotted) . Just planted it and put mulch around it . No fertiliser or water . The daleys one was actually ready for the ground unlike the ebay one.I have red loam soil with a clay base . I think the problem people have with moringa seedlings dying when transplanting into the gound is the ground soil isnt warm enough . The seedling isnt in a deep pot so the rootball isnt developed enough . Overwatering and rotting the plant . afaik . I tip pruned the shoots when the tree was small and this gave it 2 top shoots .  Once the tree reached 1 mtr i cut it back to half a mtr . Now the tree has a big bunch of top shoots (31/01/2013) . The stem is about 7cm in dia and has been cut back to half a metre . New shoots appearing but slow , oct 2013 > Slow growing in early november , i think the weather needs to get a lot hotter for this plant to grow well here .

Planted: 2012

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

When I Fertilise: Never


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Update: 1480 days 15hrs

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All parts edible, leaf, roots, flowers, even the seeds can be used to settle water. I guess other creatures like it too.

Too much water while deciduous - dies while dormant.  Replaced with a cutting from my neighbours fig tree.

Planted: 127

Height 70 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground


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Drumstick Tree ( Moringa ) 9/10

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Update: 1632 days 20hrs

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I have had two of these for a while. They are still in pots, because I am trying to decide where to plant them. The only part I've tasted so far are the leaves, which are quite palatable. This is a fairly tough plant, and despite its Low Frost tolerance the two plants survived that black frost. Theywere tucked in my shadehouse, but the temperatures during that frost were really low. I look forward to tasing the pods. I love plants that serve many functions... attractive, semi-deciduous, all parts edible, AND nutritionally beneficial!

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Update: 837 days 9hrs

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seeds planted in February

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Drumstick Tree ( Moringa ) (Seedling) 6/10

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Update: 1336 days 6hrs

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Fast growing, interesting foliage. I have been using the leaves in salads but am looking forward to the day it finally flowers. No doubt it will need another prune before that.

Planted: 2009

Height 5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 75% in Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

Never has pests.

Question:

When will it flower and fruit?


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Update: 1847 days 12hrs

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Growing now but leaves are stripped off

Planted: 2008

Growing: In the Ground

Organic Status:Organic


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Drumstick Tree ( Moringa ) 8/10

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 growing in 40cm pot not very bushy at first.  Grew 3 pods end of last year.  Picked early this year planted one pod of seeds to grow more trees.  Will sprout other pod for eating and crush last pod for water purification test.  Tree has now grown 2 metres and more bushy with flowers.

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2009 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

none


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Drumstick Tree ( Moringa ) 10/10

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Update: 1870 days 8hrs

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like most tropical fruits and veg they get burnt by frost in the first winter and by the next year they are climateised, I have mine growing under a green eggplant tree to protect from frost and I will prune the eggplant in spring to let the sun through

Planted: 2001

Height 55 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Update: 1825 days 4hrs

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It had grown 3x from it's original size .

In pot.

Thriving quite well, better than the Sweet Leaf Bush plant .

will update pic later.

Growing: In a Pot


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Update: 1855 days 2hrs

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my little tree started out great, but struggled when i put it into a raised bed during the summer. then the cold got to it, and the top rotted, so i put it in a pot under the eaves and am praying it will shoot in spring. it would be great to see it grow down here in melbourne.


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Update: 330 days 14hrs

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Malunggay tree is very popular in the Philippines.  I was told that drinking the broth of the boiled leaves is good for diabetics. 

 

Planted: 2013

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Certified


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Update: 171 days 4hrs

Planted: 2014

Height 70 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground


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Update: 1661 days 13hrs

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Have a tiny one that I grew from seed and has survived winters and being dried out and have bought another March 2010


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Drumstick Tree ( Moringa ) (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 1307 days 19hrs

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A farvourite of my wifes. Makes great additions to soup etc. Tastes like water cress when eaten fresh. Fantastic nutritional value.

Planted: 2008

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 6

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 50% in

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Update: 1492 days 11hrs

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Grew ok, was attacked by football (:-)) seemed to survive. Flowered end of summer and lost all leaves in winter. Waiting to see if it survived the winter

Water Given in: Winter


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