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  • Climate: Warm spring, hot and dry summers, mild winters. The tree is able to stand high atmospheric temperatures 110°F.

    Soil: The tree grows well on rocky hillsides, deep sands, or heavy loam, and is very tolerant of acid or wet soils

    Leaf: Alternate and pinnate compound, 5 to 10 inches long; a terminal leaflet can be present. Each leaf is usually composed of 8-15 leaflets 1.5 to 4 inches long.

    Foliage: Dark green, compound leaves with glossy, oval leaflets.

    Flowers: Are numerously clustered in lateral racemes borne on the old wood

    Fruit: The fruit is a bean, green during the developmental stages, dark brown when ripe. Ripened fruits can remain on the tree for a long time. Although the beans can become large

    Habitat: Rocky places near the sea shore

    Tree Care: Maintain open canopy and expose the attractive branching pattern; prune suckers.
    This tree also does not like 'wet feet' so should be watered lightly and the preference being to use a spray bottle over winter to avoid the chance of creating a rotten root problem.

    Carob Tree
    Ceratonia siliqua
    Algaroba, Algarrobo, Carob, Caroub, Carob-Tree, Caroube, John's Bread, Keciboynuzu Agaci, St. John's Bread, St John's-bread, Ceratonia siliqua, Locust Bean Tree (Old World)

    Native Range: S. Europe; Egypt; Spain; Turkey

    Description: This large tree has a spreading crown. Its leaves are compound and alternate. Its seedpods, also known as Saint John's bread, are up to 45 centimeters long and are filled with round, hard seeds, and a thick pulp.

    Character: Evergreen; round headed to spreading form; dense canopy.

    Growth Rate: Medium to medium fast.

    Size: Medium (Height 30-50'; Spread 25-40')
    Here is a good article about carob bonsai:

    The description below gives an idea of the natural environment of the Carob tree, and this is easily transfered to the caring regime for an indoor bonsai. The Carob Prefers sunlight and tolerates high summer heat.
    It is an evergreen with a dense foliage and so the root work and major activity on your bonsai should then be according to these specifications - for example, major pruning and root clearing or re-potting should be done in the slowest growth period - mid to late winter.

    The tree is mediteranean in origin - indicating a need for good sunlight.

    As with all bonsai, the tree will always benefit and thrive if allowed to spend time outdoors - even if this is only for a few days a month, but not during winter as it will suffer from the cold or frost.
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