Close-up picture of Kigelia Africana or sausage tree fruits in Southern Africa

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Close-up picture of Kigelia Africana or sausage tree fruits in Southern Africa

By Amy Grant The bignonia family is a captivating tropical family consisting of many vines, trees and shrubs. Of these, the only species that occurs throughout tropical Africa is Kigelia africana, or sausage tree. What is a sausage tree? If the name alone doesn’t intrigue you, read on to find out other interesting sausage tree info about growing Kigelia sausage trees and sausage tree care. What is a Sausage Tree? Kigelia is found from Eritrea and Chad south to northern South Africa and west to Senegal and Namibia. It is a tree that can grow up to 66 feet (20 m.) in height with smooth, grey bark on juvenile trees that peels as the tree matures. In areas of plentiful rainfall, the Kigelia is an evergreen. In areas of scant rain, sausage trees are deciduous. The leaves are set in whorls of three, 12-20 inches (30-50 cm.) in length and

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