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A picture of a Tree Spinach

Tree Spinach

Chenopodium giganteum

Also known as

Giant Lambsquarters, Magenta Spreen, Goosefoot

Photo by Helen_Allsebrook (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A close up of fuchsia pink and green leaves of Chenopodium giganteum, the Tree spinach
A photo of the large green leaves of Chenopodium giganteum commonly known as Tree Spinach.

Tree Spinach Overview

Chenopodium giganteum is a quick growing annual that grows into a tall bushy plant. Its young leaves are stunningly flushed red to fuchsia pink before maturing to a deeper green.

Common problems with Tree Spinach

Generally pest and disease free

    How to harvest Tree Spinach

    Pick young leaves as and when required. Seed will only be worth collecting if growing in warm conditions.

    How to propagate Tree Spinach


    In Spring, sow directly where you would like to grow.

    Special features of Tree Spinach

    Attractive leaves

    Attractive flowers

    In late summer, small insignificant spikes of green (occasionally red) flowers are produced.

    Other uses of Tree Spinach


    Young leaves can be picked and added to salads.

    Salad leaves you may not have tried yet.

    Relatively new to the UK market, these leafy greens suit being grown in our colder climate.

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    Edible to Sow Under Cover in May

    Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.

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