How to Grow Aleurites moluccana Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Candlenut Tree / Balucanat

Aleurites moluccana (Kukui, kukui nut) photograph by Forest and Kim Starr.

Aleurites moluccana Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Aleurites moluccana or Aleurites moluccanus
  • Common Name: Balucanat, Candlenut Tree, Kekuna Tree, Candleberry, Indian Walnut, Kemiri, Varnish tree, and Kukui Nut Tree
  • Growing Zone: USA: 9 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 420 to 720
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 420 to 600
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Flower Details: White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance:
  • Propagation: Seed
  • How to Prune:
  • Pests:
  • Diseases:

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of:
  • Best Garden Use: Seashore, Specimen
  • Family: Euphorbiaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Spurge.
  • Miscellaneous: Non-native to North America, Invasive, Some parts are poisonous, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Aleurites
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Aleurites moluccana. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Ricinus and Euphorbia plants.

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