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Ceratonia siliqua (seeds)

The carob tree

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Ceratonia siliqua is also know as the carob tree , St John's-bread, or locustbean.

The carob tree is long-lived, monoecious or dioecious. It is widelycultivated for its edible pods.

The fruition of usually begins on 6-7th year and continues for many years.

The maturation of the fruit takes almost a year since Autumn done blooming until August nextyear

It can reach a height of 13meters.

The fruit of the carob pod is flattened, with a pleasant and sweet taste.

Ceratonia siliqua can tolerate in moderate alkalinitysoils, but its leaves in alkaline soil and if the soil is kept moist, will turnyellow and fall.

Tree is resistant to drought, but needs a few goodwatering during the summer.

The carob tree need carefull pruning to give rich and full shade underit

When grown gives much shade

Tree can be used in many different ways:

  • Ingardening as an ornamental
  • Infurniture and woodwork, as well as fuel.
  • inmilling
  • onpaper
  • Inthe beverage industry, etc.

Species ID

Ceratonia ciliqua

Plant Characteristics

Circle of Life:
Plant Type:
  • Tree
Flowering Period:
  • November
Smelly flowers
up to 13m


Soil Type:
Moderate composition, Well drained
Soil Acidity:
Acidic - Basic
Light Requirements:
Full Sun
Water Requirements:
USDA Zones:
  • 10
  • 11
  • 9
  • Animal feed
  • Fruitgiving
  • Ornamental