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Sausage Tree Overview
With its extremely large fruit and showy flowers, the Sausage tree is a very unique and enjoyable addition to any subtropical garden, providing shade and character. It is also known to attract a wide range of birds, animals and insects. This multi-functional tree is not only ornamental and used in the culinary and medicinal applications, but also for its tough wood used for shelving, fruit boxes and dugout canoes, as a bright yellow dye, and also as beauty products and skin ointments prepared from fruit extracts. Do note that you have to position it with care when planting as a falling fruit can severely damage a parked vehicle or someone sitting underneath it.
Common problems with Sausage Tree
Pests include red spider mites, whiteflies and mealybugs. Generally disease free.
How to harvest Sausage Tree
When harvesting the seed, collect the seed head/pod when flowers fade and dry. Allow pods to dry on the tree and break open to collect seeds.
How to propagate Sausage Tree
Fresh seed should be sown in river sand in September. Or germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium.
Large cuttings or truncheons are used to propagate.
Special features of Sausage Tree
Black, Scarletchested and Whitebellied Sunbirds, Blackheaded Oriole, Sombre and Blackeyed Bulbuls, Masked Weaver, Brownheaded Parrot and Grey Lourie.
Attracts useful insects
Charaxes butterflies, hawk-moths and carpenter bees.
Other uses of Sausage Tree
Grown for its flowers, curious, sausage-like fruits and for shade.
Traditional remedies prepared from crushed, dried or fresh fruits are used to deal with ulcers, sores and syphilis - the fruit has antibacterial activity.
Dried and roasted fruits are used to flavour beer and aid fermentation. The seeds are sometimes roasted and eaten in times of food shortage.