Carob Tree, Plant Profile and Landscaping Uses
The Carob Bean Tree is a slow growing evergreen tree growing to 10m. Native to the Mediterranean it grows well in many areas of Australia.
The botanical name is Ceratonia siliqua, glossy green foliage, flowers in summer followed by the seed pods. It is the seed pods that are used commercially for health foods as well as other products.
The Carob is a tough tree valued for its beans which are used as a chocolate substitute. Carob are best suited to warm temperate to sub tropical areas.
It does require a well drained soil and a sunny position to grow well.
Trees are either male or female, so one of each will be needed for production. As the plant has a very long taproot it is difficult to transplant trees of any size. They can be grown in very tall pots however seedling trees are never more than around 10cm -15cm in height.
The tree makes a very attractive shade tree with a broad spreading crown, excellent in dry areas where it thrives once established.
Carob Tree Varieties
- Santa Fe.
Carob Tree – Summary Information
- Height – Over time the Carob tree will reach to around 15 metres in height.
- Spread – The tree will develop a broad crown to around 10 metres plus. The trunk, over time can establish a girth of 3 – 4 metres.
- Growth rate – The Carob tree has a growth rate that is regarded as slow.
- Soil – Humus rich moist soil is best. A well drained soil is essential.
- Foliage – Deep green glossy leaves with a pinnate structure.
- Root system – Extensive.
- Position – Full sun
- Drought tolerant – Yes once established. However for good fruit production moisture is required.
Carob Trees are available for sale from the following wholesale growers.
2 Burns Rd Ross Creek Goombborian QLD 4570
Ph 07 5483 3734 Mob 0423 775401
Specializing in exotic fruit trees: Abiu, Barbados Cherry, Black Sapote, Candlenut, Carob, Coffee, Jackfruit, Lychee, Macadamia, Mango, Persimmon, Strawberry Tree, Tamarind and many more.