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Plant Spotlight: Candlenut Tree

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 20th

by Dick Dutton, Estates Plant Curator

 Candlenut Tree

Candlenut Tree, Aleurites moluccana, Euphorbiaceae, Old and New World Tropics

The Candlenut tree is the state tree of Hawaii. It is one of the few trees that has a motto: “Peace, Security and Enlightenment.” The Candlenut tree can grow to 75 feet tall, bears walnut-size nuts and has evergreen leaves resembling the maple in shape.

Parts of the nut are used for cooking, traditional medicine, and soaps. Ancient Hawaiians used the nuts to provide light by stringing them in a row on a palm leaf midrib, lighting one end, and burning them one by one approximately every fifteen minutes. This led to their use as a measure of time, as one could instruct someone to return home before the second nut burned out.

There are three trees growing on the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Candlenut trees are available for sale at the Garden Shoppe.

1 Response

  1. annie edwards Says:

    This is for any of the horticulturists…
    I am styling a photo-shoot in NYC in mid-September and must locate and procure a few fruit from the candlenut tree/kukui aleurites moluccana for our shoot. I noticed from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates website that you have a few candlenut trees. Would it be possible to cut a few of the nuts with a bit of stem (as in the photo on your site) and send them to me using my FEDEX number? I would be happy to reimburse $75. for the trouble of doing this… please contact me if you can (hopefully!) possibly help me with this,

    thank you,
    annie edwards
    914 645 5595

    Posted on August 30th, 2012 at 10:14 am