General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 12 - 25 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: 8 to 12 inches in length, leathery, shiny, dark green in color.
Fruit: Showy
Other: Ovoid reddish-brown pods 6 to 12 inches long, ripening from yellow to orange. Each pod coantains from 20 or more seeds (beans) that are embedded in white pulp.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Winter
Year Round
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Yellowish-white to pale pink.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Year Round
Underground structures: Taproot
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Pollinators: Flies

Image
Common names
  • Cocoa Tree
  • Cacao

Photo Gallery
Location: Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington WV
Date: 2017-09-16
Location: Missouri Botanical Gardens
Date: 2019-04-28
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-03-07
Location: United States Botanical Garden | November 2022
Date: 2022-11-26
Location: Botanical Garden of the University of Münster
Date: 2017-09-19
Location: New York Botanical Gardens Bronx NY
Date: 2018-03-03

Photo courtesy of:Genet
Photo by SongofJoy
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-03-21
Some leftover "beans" I found in old jute cacao bags being used a
Location: Stutensee-Staffort, Germany
Date: July
photo by H. Zell
Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica | Old Photo
Date: 2022-12-17
Location: Costa Rica
Date: October 2015
Location: Botanical Garden of the University of Münster
Date: 2017-09-19
Location: Boltz Conservatory
photo credit: James Steakley
Location: Assorted cacao fruits at Ambanja, Madagascar
Date: 2009-10-29
Photo courtesy of:Philstone
Location: Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington WV
Date: 2017-09-16
Location: Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington WV
Date: 2017-09-16
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-03-07
Location: St Lucia
Date: 2015-12-16
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-03-07
Cacao 002

Photo courtesy of:Kurt Stüber

Date: 2006-06-12
Photo courtesy of:Chocolats puyricard
Location: Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington WV
Date: 2017-09-16
Location: Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington WV
Date: 2017-09-16
Leaf reverse.
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-03-07
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-03-19
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2011-03-19
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Sarasota, FL
Date: 2017-03-16
At Selby Gardens
Location: Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington WV
Date: 2017-09-16
Location: Costa Rica
Date: October 2015
Fruit of the cocoa tree in various stages of fermentation (seven
Location: Botanical Garden of the University of Münster
Date: 2017-09-19
Location: Indonesia, Sulawesi.
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Date: 2012-06-12
Cacao Blooms
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-03-07
Cacao Information
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-03-07
Cacao 001
Location: Macrophotography of theobroma cacao done at the university of vienna, department of Cell Imaging and Ultrastructure Research, supervised by Helmuth Goldammer, with my collegue Wilhelm
Photo courtesy of:Domste

Date: 2006-11-20
Photo courtesy of:Abrahami
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2015-02-07
Location: Museum of Toulouse
credit: Roger Culos
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16
Location: Costa Rica
Date: October 2015
Location: Indonesia, Sulawesi.
Location: Indonesia, Sulawesi.
Location: Indonesia, Sulawesi.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Date: 2012-06-12
Inside this yellow fruit lies the seeds that when ground become..
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Date: 2012-06-12
If you look above the fruit you can see the very small bloom
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: July 2014

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