Monkey Thorn Tree
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Monkey Thorn Tree Overview
This is a fast growing, large tree with luxuriant, light green foliage.It is ideal for a big garden, avenue or park. It is also valued by farmers. In nature it grows in open and wooded grasslands, often near streams, where it provides invaluable shade for wildlife of all kinds and is grazed by many animals, including giraffe, kudu and elephant. Animals help to disperse the seeds. Monkeys are especially partial to the pods and like to take cover in its thorny branches, hence its common name. Many birds prefer to nest in this tree because of the protection it offers and myriads of insects visit the flowers, attracting insect eating birds. It is a popular butterfly host plant.
Common problems with Monkey Thorn Tree
Generally problem free.
How to harvest Monkey Thorn Tree
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Monkey Thorn Tree
Soak seeds overnight in hot water. Sow in river sand and cover with vermiculite. Keep moist and protect the seedlings from frost in the first few years.
Special features of Monkey Thorn Tree
Birds are attracted by the insects that live in the tree. Birds also like to nest in this tree.
Attracts useful insects
Many insects make the trees their homes and feed on the flowers in spring.
The strong black thorns are hooked, making it ideal for a security hedge.
This species makes an attractive Bonsai tree.