Marula tree for sale – Easy plant to grow with edible fruits and seeds, also grown for the ornamental leaves and as shade tree, planting season in winter to summer better to buy plant, grafted tree, male and female plant or another option to start from seeds yet more challenging.
Marula tree – information before buying:
Growing information: perennial plant, growing hardiness zone: 10-12, water needed – small average amount, light conditions – full sun, height: 10-30m, 30-100 feet.
Blooming in the spring to summer, bloom male and female on separate trees that appear in green color.
Fruits harvesting season in the summer to winter in round shaped fruits that appear in yellow-green color, and used for eat raw, alcohol, juice.
Alternative names: Sclerocarya birrea, Jelly plum, Morula, Maroola, Marolla plum, King of African, Tree of the elephants, Tree of marriage
Uses– Marula fruit has many properties. Among the most significant characteristics of marula oil, we find the high concentration of vitamin C (up to 8 times higher than in citrus fruits like orange), rich in antioxidants. Thanks to its high concentration of vitamin C, this beauty oil helps prevent the formation of free radicals, and thus premature aging of the skin. Vitamin E is also very present in this oil. The latter allows, in addition to antioxidant properties, to promote the production of hyaluronic acid, which keeps the skin hydrated and smooth. Marula fruits give Amarula liqueur. The bark has healing properties and is used in intestinal disorders.
Location – Sunny location. It cannot grow in the shade
Soil – Well drained sandy, loamy or clay soil. pH acidic and neutral
Temperature – Adaptable to dry and warm locations. Frost sensitive.
Propagation –It is really easy to grow from seeds. The seed should be taken from fallen and soaked in warm water during 24 hours. Place the seed in peat moss for 7 days to soften the lids. Cut carefully the lids with a small knife. Place the seed into the flowerpot in autumn. Keep the soil moist until germination. It should take between 2 and 4 weeks. Propagation can also be by grafting or cutting. By grafting the rootstock and the scion should have the same diameter for optimal grafting.
Watering – Every 3 days.
Harvesting – Only female trees bear fruits. Traditionally, fruits are harvested from the ground manually. The whole fruit is harvested between January and March. The fruits fall while they are still green and ripen on the ground in 10 days, turning yellow during the process. Estimations of seasonal fruit production from individual trees have been made in southern Africa assuming an average weight of fresh fruit of 17 g. Values per tree range from 500 kg to 2000 kg ( 20000 to 100000 fruits per tree). Fruits can, however, reach fresh weights of 80–100 g.
Pest and diseases – Fruit-fly, marula beetle, red marula caterpillar