Adansonia digitata is a tree of the African tropics. It is seldom more than 40 feet tall but has an enormously thick trunk which can be as much as 30 feet in diameter, making it almost as wide as it is high. The spongy tissue of the trunk holds water which enables the tree to withstand drought conditions. Baobab bark is used as a source of fiber for ropes and for paper-making. The tree has large white hanging flowers and fruits known as "monkey bread". Fruit pulp is used to make a lemonade-like drink. Makes a great house plant or patio plant!