Aleuritus moluccana

Aleuritus moluccana

Candlenut tree



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Aleuritus moluccana, Candlenut tree, Kemiri

Euphorbiacaea.This evergreen grows rapidly to a height of 60 ft (18 m) or so, initially with a narrow, conical crown but with age spreading to a broader dome.
It has a straight, thick trunk with smoothish brown bark and wide-spreading branches.
The handsome, oval green leaves are lobed on young trees and are slightly aromatic when crushed.
Panicles of creamy white flowers are borne in summer, followed by the large round fruits.
Cultivation: Young trees can be trained into a single trunk.
Propagation is from seed, which germinates readily.