Gossypium arboreum | Tree Cotton | 20_Seeds

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This is Gossypium arboreum, also known as Tree cotton. There is evidence that this tree was cultivated as far back as 3300 BCE. This tree grows up to 6 feet tall. The seed pods have a fiber that is used to make cloth and wicks for candles. In Mehrgarh Pakistan a Gossypium thread was used to string beads together. It is dated to 5000 BCE. The leaves are edible and the seeds have an oil that is used as a replacement for olive oil. The annual varieties are less drought-tolerant and less pest-resistant than Tree Cotton. It needs much less water and is deep-rooted which makes it more drought tolerant than the annual varieties. It is a larval host for the Gray Hairstreak butterfly. USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 11.