Native to SE Asia, from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka east to SW China (Yunnan) and Vietnam, and south through
Thailand to Malaysia and Indonesia.
You are bidding on * fresh seeds shipped from Hawaii.
This large, evergreen tropical tree is native to forest riverbanks
across tropical Asia and grows up to 15 m tall. Its branches are used to make good firewood.
The leaves of the Elephant Apple are simply beautiful. Each is papery, glossy dark green and the size of a man’s foot.
Undersides are downy and parallel pleats complete the amazing and pretty foliage characteristics.
Dillenia indica produces solitary large, 15–20 cm diameter, with five white petals and numerous yellow stamens flowers from June
to August. The flowers are short-lived.
The knobby grapefruit-sized fruits are yellow-green, and ripen with a leathery brown covering and many interior brown-black
The fruits are edible. They are crisp and aromatic (almost onion-like) with an acid flesh. Unripe fruits are often
pickled or used as chutney.
The Legend of the Money Tree
Dillenia indica was brought to Brazil by the Portuguese. The legend says that D. Pedro I of Brazil (D. Pedro IV of Portugal)
sent the fruits of the Elephant Apple tree to Portugal with the message “In this land money grows on trees”.
When the Portuguese opened the fruits they’ve lost their speech! All the fruits had patacas’ coins
(the Brazilian currency) inside!
D. Pedro in such a way wanted to symbolize the natural richness of Brazil. The trick was so good that
even today people from Portuguese speaking countries keep talking about the Patacas’ tree as a hypothetical easy way to make money.
But how did the fruits had coins inside without being opened before?
The Elephant Apple tree is known in Brazil also as the chest-fruit tree, and the origin of this name is the key to solve the mystery.
When the flowers of Dillenia indica are fertilized, the fruit grows in the middle as usual, however, also the petals start
developing and growing around, becoming juicy, edible and protecting the fruit inside. So, what you place in the flower
(between the ovary and the petals) remains there, and obviously the coins that D. Pedro placed in the flowers remained inside
until fruits got ripe and someone got them.
An interesting study in the Buxa Tiger Reserve by ecologists Sekar & Sukumar has shown
that Asian elephants appear to have a particular fondness for the fruits of Dillenia indica, so they are an important seed dispenser for this tree.
Because Elephant Apple is a main source of food for elephants, monkeys and deer, it is prohibited to collect fruits from the
core areas of the forest. Commercial sale of the fruit is also prohibited in order to help the food-chain system of the forest
from dismantling totally.
Dillenia indica preferes full to partial sun and an acidic, humusy soil with average drainage. The best conditions for this
tree is lots of heat and high humidity. It’s sensitive to cold, but will survive a brief encounter with frost.
All good things
take time, so I grow my plants and rare palms in
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ATTENTION USA BIDDERS!
All bare-root live plants shipped are
wrapped in moist sphagnum moss to ensure the
plant's healthy transit to you. All live plants are
Inspected By USDA Plant Inspectors before they are shipped
to insure you get healthy pest free plants and seeds.
via USPS Mondays-Wednesday with Delivery confirmation.
All plant materials are
required by LAW to inspected and certified by USDA prior to
export Hawaii to the US Mainland.
After Inspection, USDA stamps released for
export Hawaii to the US Mainland. All items are delivered to
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USDA Certification charge
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There is a packing and custom boxing fee.
Last and usually least is USPS postage (shipping)
ship certified live plants to the US only. Only Domestic
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only be done at the Dept. of Agriculture. If payments are
not met before that MONDAY, your items will be shipped the
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INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ON LIVE PLANTS on a case by case
combine shipping for auctions won on the same week paid with
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This policy is good
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Combined Discounts Won Auctions
winning auctions, the combined discount is 10% of the total
Shipping and Handling charges.
winning auctions, the combined discount is 20% of the total
Shipping and Handling charges.
winning auctions, the combined discount is 30% of the total
Shipping and Handling charges.
As each order is packed and prepared separately you will pay
the quoted S/H charges individually per item. If you buy the
same species in that item it does calculate out the discount
(i.e.: additional items)
My stores' combined
shipping is built in for same items rather than a varied
selection. Domestic S/H includes postage, USDA certification
and inspection, proper packing and delivery to Airport for
I can't really change
any of these. If you want one of this and one of that, it is
hard to discount much as each different species requires
it's own prep, packing, then at USDA each has to be
unwrapped and inspected then repacked. USDA requires us to
clean and prepare every last piece before we drive them to
the Inspection Station on the other side of the island.
This requirement takes
my wife and I, 2-3 days to pack items and get ready to ship.
The whole next day we drive around the island and get
inspected (2-3 hours), then drive to the Airport Post Office
to drop off. It takes the same work with the same type item
if you can understand.
Before you purchase
After you Receive
There is the risk when
you grow plants that they may die. LIVE PLANTS are
PERISHABLE, guaranteed not to live forever.
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When you order a plant
we assume you are prepared to care for it. It is your
responsibility to know how to care for the plant. Do some
research before they arrive or seek experienced help.
Small plants need
protection from many things, wind, sun, dry-out. They do
well just in the garage or living room. They need good light
but not sunlight (full sun will burn small plants).
Small pots dry-out
easily. Just sitting in a shallow tray of water works well.
The idea is to keep the
plants from dehydrating.
Be careful if you
decide to re-pot.
Re-potting voids any warranty. Plants are easily damaged
with new/different mix. Use NO fertilizers (this may kill
your plants). Proper care is critical upon arrival.
Live Plants are
to survive under your care. DO NOT expect any live plant to
be GUARANTEED to remain alive. Plants are NOT GUARANTEED TO
SURVIVE after you begin Care! Live arrival is guaranteed,
eternal survival is up to you.
NO REPLACEMENT WILL BE
CONSIDERED IF YOU HAVE REPOTTED THE PLANT.
IF YOU are NOT able
to provide PROPER CARE, PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT plant to be
GUARANTEED after it perishes.
BROWN THUMB WARNING:
Please Do NOT
email me after a week after receiving and repotting your
plant, and make a claim it arrived damaged. All
photo support must
be as arrived in original condition when received (in the
box and packed as delivered).
If you repot your
plant after delivery, all warranties are voided and no
replacement is offered. You should use good gardening skills
and repot if desired but at buyer's risk and expense.
If repotted, you are
responsible for the condition of the plant.
NO REPLACEMENT or REFUND
WILL BE CONSIDERED IF YOU HAVE REPOTTED THE PLANT.
Not every plant that I
grow survives, and I am aware of that and accept the risk
when I order. This is the risk that you as the buyer accept,
because there is no way to know what kind of conditions it
will endure in the trip to your door. My responsibility ends
when a live plant is delivered to your door.
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I am very reasonable
and understanding, anything can happen to small plants in
transit, for this reason uninsurable.
The expense to send it
to you is most of your payment. To send any replacements, I
try to piggy back with your next order.
Replacement is not an
option for CUSTOMS SEIZURE.
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because I will block you from any further purchases.
I ship items the best
and least expensive option. These are coming from Hawaii.
The only thing inexpensive here in Hawaii are my items!! I
do ship all my items promptly via best method. If you feel
like the combined shipping fee is wrong, please wait to be
invoiced and check back with me! I value your business and
will work diligently to keep you satisfied. I am very
generous and reasonable with reasonable people, just ask.
my dog Taz will
fetch your email to me
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reason, please contact me before leaving a negative or
I want you to be satisfied!
Mahalo iâ `oe no
ke kipa `ana mai. E kipa mai hou!
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When you receive
your seeds, you have only 7 days to make any claim. Once
planted, seeds can NOT be returned and no refund is offered.
All seed sales are final. There are no germination
seed to be of the variety and quantity advertised. Safe
delivery is guaranteed and seeds lost or damaged during
shipment will be replaced at seller's expense. Claims must
be made within 7 days of shipment. All other replacements,
refunds, returns and exchanges will be made at the sole
discretion of the seller.
Seed is a live
product which depends on many important related grower
skills such as proper planting time, seed depth, type of
soil, irrigation, proper use of fertilizers, weed controls,
fungicides, insecticides, disease free soil, and reasonable
weather conditions during the growing period. Germination is
affected by such factors as temperature, moisture content,
light intensity and contamination of planting media. These
factors are totally out of the seller's control and are the
buyer's responsibility and risk. Consequentially, the seller
cannot unconditionally guarantee seed to perform properly
regardless of conditions or the buyer's methods or