This elegant tree is often referred to as "fake chocolate" due to its similarities to cocoa in taste and texture. A Mediterranean tree, favouring arid conditions. Seedlings can be Male, Female, or bisexual. Prefers well drained soil.
Plant Information or Specifications
Sub Categories (HashTags)
Traditional Mediterranean (#TraditionalMediterranean)
Warm Temperate, Arid (Dry)
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
3 Plants (Male and Female)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
March, April, May, June
Question & Answer
So this will mean you will send me both a male and female. From: MOUNT EVELYN VIC
It doesn't work like that sorry. You will not know if it is a male or female until it flowers in a few years time. As mentioned in item specifications with this plant variety it is recommend purchasing 3 or more which increases these odds. Odds are better than say a kiwifruit which is strictly male and female because carobs can be male, female or bisexual. #Carob3308
Customer Comments on Carob
Quiktaste test : Mediterranean food shops ( eg in Bankstown and Punchbowl )sell Lebanese chopped carob in 1 Kilo bags for $5 for a delicious choco quik taste . test . | R O L F - Bankstown , Sydney, NSW 22-Dec-2005
Carob seedling :Is good animal food. Carob grafted :Is very sweet Humanimal choco food. | R O L F - Bankstown, N S W 19-Mar-2006
MALE CAROB : To ' Safet ' from Brisbane - Most carob seedlings are male?And they are the cheapest,at about $10. Or if there is not much space in the garden,then buy a hermaphrodite/bisexual eg 'Clifford'. | Rolflora - Bankstown , Sydney, NSW 18-Dec-2008
CAUTION : A black soft carob bean pod can be unripe and green inside.So wait until the stem area is black and not green. | Rolflora - Bankstown Sydney, NSW 18-Dec-2008
I have a hermaphrodite 'Clifford' and a female SFax. Growing since 2007, fruiting after about 5 years. Clifford is edible, sometimes nice. SFax is nice to wonderful. I have a fair few fruit this year. | Petra Kahle - Ashburton, VIC 03-Mar-2016
To aid in germination, soak seeds in a thermoflask of hot water overnight. | Howard Rose - Bingara, NSW 14-Sep-2016
I had purchased and planted a cutting grown Sfax and thinking it needed protection I covered it with shade cloth. It never grew at all in the shade. These trees love hot blistering sun. Once I removed the shade cloth it put out new growth in two weeks! | Richard Mang - Vista, California, USA 01-Jan-2017
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