Propagated usually by seed but also through stem cuttings, root suckers and air layering. Seed can be eased out and soaked in water for 1-2 days, depulped, and dried in the shade. Seedlings may be thinned to 15 cm x 15 cm when 2 months old and transplanted when 7-10 cm tall. Tree resprouts after cutting and regrows after pollarding making it suitable for pole production. During the first 2 years after planting intermittent weeding is necessary. When grown for timber stems are pruned to a height of ~6 m to obtain a branch-free bole
Coffee Agroforestry Information
Tree Benefits and Uses
The tree produces resin, aqueous and alcoholic extracts of the leaves and seed reportedly control many insect, mite, and nematode pests (but contain toxic components so care is needed in their use), its various parts have antiparasitic and antimalarial properties and are used as laxatives, to induce vomiting, to stimulate menstrual discharge, and to treat skin diseases. It produces oil and sugar, and its wood, which can be sold in regional and national markets, is used to make agricultural implements, carts, tool handles, furniture, and is valued in construction due to its termite resistance.
- Nitrogen Fixation