How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Carob—Ceratonia siliqua
Family Fabaceae (Pea family)

Plant Identification

Carob is a dense, bushy evergreen tree or shrub.  Leaves are glossy and dark green and divided into round leaflets.  Carobs produce small red flowers.  Female trees produce dark brown leathery pods, often harvested and made into a chocolate substitute.

Optimum conditions for growth

Carobs are grown as informal or trimmed hedges.  If trained as a tree, it will need a lot of space as roots can break sidewalks.  Carob trees prefer areas with full sun and only require little to regular amounts of water. Avoid overwatering.  They are drought tolerant.

Leaves of carob tree
Rounded leaflets of carob

Pests and disorders of Ceratonia siliqua


Environmental disorders



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