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African Star Chestnut, Mopopaja Tree
Scientific Name: Sterculia africana (Lour.) Fiori
Synonym: Triphaca africana
Family: Sterculiaceae
African Star Chestnut, Mopopaja Tree (Sterculia  africana)
Sterculia africana in Art Pacheco's collection
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-12

Frost Tolerance: Avoid any frost

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun

Origin: Southern and eastern Africa, the subsp Socotrana comes from the island of Socotra in Yemen

Growth Habits: Deciduous caudiciform tree, 40 feet tall (12 m) by 10 feet wide (3 m) or more

Watering Needs:


The Sterculia africana has multicolored grey/beige peeling rough bark. The leaves are supposedly edible.

African Star Chestnut, Mopopaja Tree (Sterculia  africana)

Blooming Habits:
The African Star Chestnut has greenish yellow flowers with red tinge and reddish veins. They generally come in the spring before the leaves. They are followed by yellowish fruit, with some irritating hair containing blackish seeds.

Fruiting Habits:

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