Ceratonia siliqua

Carob Tree, St. John's Bread

The peapod-shaped fruits of these long-lived trees are used as a sweet chocolate and coffee subsititute, though the taste of carob powder is different. In arid soils, yields a large, protein-rich food crop. Widely grown in warm regions, these evergreens can be trained into a multi-stemmed shrub. Use as a large hedge or a single-trunked tree. Flower odor and seed pod litter can be a problem. Plant far from sidewalks, as roots break up pavement. Water deeply and infrequently to prevent root rot. Protect young trees in winter. Resists root fungus and fire injury.
Ceratonia siliqua, Carob Tree, St. John's Bread
Dense, sparkling, dark green foliage is dotted with small red flowers in spring. Flat leathery pods on female trees are dark brown.

Attributes - Ceratonia siliqua

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree

Bloom Season: Mid Spring

Flower Color: Red

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 30 ft. to 40 ft.

Width: 45 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil. Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Root Rot.

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