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Theobroma cacao /Cacao

Theobroma cacao  / Theobroma cacao
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Scientific Name: Theobroma cacao
Common Name: Cacao
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Yellow, Red
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: Chocolate is made from the seed of cacao. The plant is cauliflorous with flowers and fruits both protruding directly from the woody branches and trunk. The fruit reaches to one foot long and 2-4 inches in diameter. Cacao is grown in Hawaii, Puerto Rica and in conservatories elsewhere in the USA.