Raintree for Houses: Good or Bad?

Albizia saman a wide-canopied tree with a large symmetrical crown. It is called Raintree due to the constant water dropping from its canopy because of its incredible ability to absorb groundwater. Its leaves are very sensitive to light and they close in a simultaneous manner when it rains so the rain water will descend directly to the ground. During the night or rain, the wide dark green leaves (of about 4 – 5 centimeters) folded.

Not only is it a rich source for oxygen, it’s also one of the best carbon dioxide absorbing plants. Sitting under Raintree is a soothing activity because the air around it is always fresh.
On May or June, white flowers with red feather-like streaks bloomed, growing into 10 centimeters. Raintree fruits are somewhat long, reaching between 10 to 20 cm, with the width of 1,5 – 2 cm and 0,6 cm thickness. The inside of the fruit is reddish brown and tastes sticky and sweet, with about 5 – 25 seeds.

Raintree is particularly suited to decorate wide public areas such as a park or your house’s large front garden with the way the Raintree acts like an “umbrella” for people. Planting Raintree would also make the grass around it more green and fresh, making your house more picturesque.

I must caution you to be careful where you plant a Raintree. Raintree is a fast growing species with shallow rooting that spreads in the ground in every direction, almost like a cactus’ roots. However, unlike the prickly cute plant, Raintree’s roots are strong enough to lift concrete up and ruin the houses’ building foundation. And since Raintree is a fast growing species, it would need an almost daily branch cutting service.

So I remind you, plant the Raintree at a relatively ‘empty’ wide area. Do not plant it near a sidewalk or worse, beneath cable lines. Not only you risk it growing past the cable lines, if a storm is strong enough the wind may break a branch and cut the cable line.

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