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MALABAR CHESTNUT

Malabar Chestnut Fruit and flowerBotanical Name: Pachira glabra
Description

This medium sized fast growing evergreen tree is grown in many parts of the world. It is sometimes known as the Saba Nut and is grown mainly for its edible seeds; however it also makes a suitable potted indoor plant or outdoor specimen. The large white flowers are very fragrant, another reason to have it in the garden. Overall, this versatile tree is a handsome landscape addition The seeds can be eaten either raw or roasted. When roasted or fried in oil they taste like chestnuts or cashews, raw they taste like peanuts and keep for months in a cool, dry place. They can also be ground and used as a flour substitute when baking bread. The young leaves and flowers are cooked and delicious eaten as a vegetable. Production starts within a few years. The large, white, self-fertile flowers display spectacular clusters of 10cm cream-white stamens. The fruit is a woody green five-valved pod up to 30cm in length. The capsules that follow burst open when the seeds are ripe. The plant grows well in mild inland parts and coastal areas. The plant will tolerate brief exposure to low temperatures but won't tolerate frost. A frost-free location with some protection from hot, drying winds is the best choice for the plant. It will take full sun to partial shade. Malabar chestnuts are not overly fussy about soil as long as it is well drained.

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$19.75 11 Seedling Large

$17.90 3 Seedling Medium

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Plant Information or Specifications

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Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

5-10m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

No (Full Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

4-5 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Poor Drainage (Clay)

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

February, March, April

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Customer Comments on Malabar Chestnut

Tree Information on growing, planting, pruning, maintenance, ripening, taste, pick or bonsai tips. But mainly how to grow a Malabar Chestnut Share Your Advice or ask questions on our Forum

Malabar Chestnut

Mistakenly chopped down, growing back well ,also grown from the seed, which have a nicer flavour than peanuts. Yet to try the flowers or leaves. Growning in partial shade. | Mark - Caboolture, QLD 28-Jul-2013

Malabar Chestnut

Nice for shades on garden, edible fruits are so tasty | Rogelio - Iloilo, PHIL. 02-Aug-2015

Malabar Chestnut

Malabar chestnut will tolerate frost inland from bundaberg qld. We had a few cracker frosts this year and absolutely no damage. The tree is 10 feet tall and is flowering at this time. | Russell Drinkwater - Eidsvold, QLD 06-Sep-2015
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Malabar Chestnut (Seedling) 10/10

Kath's Edible Fruits
Update: 1350 days 5hrs

Comments: - I love this tree, related to the boabs it has a fat bum and gorgeous scented flowers that open at night.. The peeled raw seeds are a little like a cross between green peas and raw cashews, they are a little fiddly to get into but make a great snack.


Fruiting Months January

Planted: 2005

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 4 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Malabar Chestnut 6/10

Glennis1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1451 days 6hrs

Comments: -

Height .5mts (18/01/2012)

Height 1.8 mts (20/11/2012)

I was really impressed with the postage of this plant from Daleys . Not a mark on it . It is powering along nicely .

Flowers buds at last oct 2013 . I had 3 beautiful flowers on the tree oct 2013 .

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Malabar Chestnut (Grafted)

Fred1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2833 days 3hrs

Comments: - Still in its first year - too young to comment much

Height 1 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No


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Malabar Chestnut 8/10

Lee's Edible Fruits
Update: 2042 days 7hrs

Comments: -

I like a plant that doesn't die :)

I also like that this tree has such a beautiful form, we are very excited to have three nuts forming this year (2012).

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

No problems so far.


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Malabar Chestnut

Garden1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3023 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Been attacked by grasss hoppers who have eaten nearly al the leaves, dont know if it wil come back from this.

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

nil,

Organic Status:Organic


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Malabar Chestnut 6/10

GardenOfColumba's Edible Fruits
Update: 1880 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Interesting flavour, nicer than raw peanuts. Tree is quite striking when mature.

Fruiting Months September

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Malabar Chestnut 3/10

Msjekyll's Edible Fruits
Update: 705 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Struggling a bit.

Still growing slowly - likes lots of water

This plant is really struggling after 4 years, have moved to a new location with more sun.

Move didn't work it is now deceased.

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Home compost

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Malabar Chestnut

Branny1's Edible Fruits
Update: 434 days 7hrs

Comments: - I love trees, I love edible trees, I love effective shade trees, I love fast growing trees, I love multifunction trees- this one seems to be one that would really tick every box. 


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Malabar Chestnut (Seedling) 8/10

Peter91's Edible Fruits
Update: 270 days 23hrs

Planted: 2016

Height 90 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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