Has anyone grown a chocolate tree? I saw a picture of one & would like to give it a go, wondered if I could get any information on how easy they are to grow.
i have only seen them grown well in tropical places, where they make a nice small tree. It is native to Asia and I suspect they are probably a bit on the tender side and will need a sheltered place. RHS class them as H4, which is hardy in most of the UK.
Thank you, very helpful.
We have one in our garden here in the Vendée and bits got killed off in a very unusual -6C this last winter. I've always thought the common name was Silk Tree........
I did try one years ago in my garden in Harrow after buying it at Abbotsbury gardens. It didn't last its second winter there. Died of cold so if you do get one, keep it very well sheltered form strong winds and cold spells.
You could take a look at this thread -
I have one for 3 years. It's now about 7 ft so I move it into my shed in winter as it's outgrown the greenhOuse. We got a few flowers this year but no pods.
Beautiful tree. If you live in the southern half of UK or in a coastal region it should be all right. It does not like wind, however, and mine got some leaf burn, so give it some shelter. Good luck. Ian