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Cola Nut

Cola acuminata

A rough, mottled skinned fruit up to 8" long, containing thin white flesh and large, flat, bright red seeds which are chewed for their stimulatory effects.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Cola Nut. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in September 2015.

Description

A medium sized tree from 40-60ft tall.

Hardiness

It is not hardy and will be injured or killed by frost.

Growing Environment

Will grow in full sun or part shade. Water regularly, as the plant thrives in wet, humid environments.

Propagation

Usually by seed, although cuttings are sometimes used. Trees will bear in 7-10 years from seed.

Uses

The bitter seeds are chewed, or prepared for use in medicines and foods. The seeds contain caffeine and theobromine. The name for cola drinks is derived from this plant, although the cola nut is no longer used as an ingredient in most commercial drinks.

Native Range

Native to West Africa.

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