Weekly Garden Highlight: Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana)

Weekly Garden Highlight: Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana)

Did you know sausages grow on trees? Well, not the kind of sausage you have for breakfast, but the sausage tree (Kigelia africana) produces sausage-like fruit and deep red, tulip-shaped flowers. The sausages hang from the branches and usually grow 1 to 2 feet long. Sometimes the sausages can grow to be 3 feet long and weigh as much as 30 pounds, so be extra careful when walking under the branches! These trees are native to Africa and are used to make beer and even medicines. Some animals eat the fruit, but be warned – uncooked and unripe fruit is poisonous, especially to humans!

You can find this tree and its sausages on Tram Road near Arizona Crossing.


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2020-06-25T09:21:35-07:00