Sterculia Alata, Buddha Coconut



The Buddha Coconut is a tall tree, which gets is the name of its coconut-like fruit. Leaves are carried on 3-10 cm long stalks crowded towards the center.

Buddha Coconut is a tall tree, which gets its name from its coconut-like fruit. Leaves are blade broadly ovate-heartshaped. Flowers are borne in small, few-flowered racemes. The fruit is large, woody.

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Common Name Buddha Coconut
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 30 m
Flower Colour Orange to brown
Bloom Time September to October
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and should be sown into a well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered thinly with sand or grit and kept moistly.

Keep at between 20 to 25 degrees C.

Seeds sometimes germinate within 4 to 6 weeks although some varieties may take very much longer so, please be patient.

Plant out in the open ground in warmer countries or in a large container elsewhere.

Sterculia Alata care

Red flowers grow into huge, very pretty, five-sectioned seed pods with red interiors, which can reach 12 cm in diameter and open along one side to release up to 40 very large, shiny, black edible seeds. This large deciduous tree with an attractive buttressed trunk is found in disturbed, evergreen forests from India to Burma and Malaysia.

Sunlight Full Sun
Watering MOderately
Soil Well-drained soil
Temperature 20 C to 35 C
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer.

Sterculia Alata special feature

The adsorption process has not been used extensively in wastewater treatment, but demands for a better quality of treated wastewater effluent, including toxicity reduction, have led to an intensive examination and use of the process of adsorption

Sterculia Alata uses

Ornamental Use:

  • It is used as the ornamental plant

Medicinal Use:

  • Mostly used for skin disease treatment, fever, and minor wounds
  • Note: Use after consulting the health specialist


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