The Baobab Tree
The majestic baobab tree is Africa’s oldest and most beautiful tree with a truly unique and fascinating history dating back thousands of years.
Where Does It Grow?
As a native to African countries where the climate is extremely dry and arid, the baobab tree’s natural habitat is typically hot and grows on dry stony woodland with well-drained soil in areas that receive low rainfall. During the rainy season, the baobab tree will store and absorb up to 120,000 litres of water in its vast trunk. This enables it to produce a nutrient-dense fruit in the dry season and why it is also known as the ‘Tree of Life’.
The baobab tree is located in South Africa, regions of Madagascar and Australia. More have since been planted in parts of Africa, India and Australia. Today, there are nine different species of the baobab tree identified across the world. The first and oldest baobab tree can be found in South Africa, six located in Madagascar, with the final one found in Australia.
The baobab tree is red listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to habitat destruction through extensive agriculture.
Along with being nicknamed ‘The Tree of Life’, the baobab tree has also inherited other names over time including boab, boaboa, tabaldi, bottle tree, upside-down tree, and monkey bread tree.