Across the vast deserts of equatorial Africa, the Umbrella Thorn often stands alone as the only life for thousands of miles. In a cross-national research study done on tree preferences, this flagship species charmed the majority, leading thinkers in the field of evolutionary aesthetics to wonder what bonds us to this resilient tree. Lion evasion didn’t seem likely. Although able to withstand intense heat, alkalinity and drought, it doesn’t fare well below 32ºF. Produces white aromatic flowers in spherical clusters, which hang down from the canopy disc.
USDA Zone range is 9b to 11
Minimum tested germination rate is 80%
One kilogram ≈ 20,000 seeds