Wildlife Facts
    Common Name:
    Chocolate Tree
    Scientific Name:
    Theobroma cacao
    Central and South America
    Bloom Season:
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Bees
    • Bats
    Fun Facts:
    • The Theobroma cacao is a broadleaf evergreen tree. It grows to a height of 20-30 feet and has a spread of 20 feet.
    • None of the birds in our Aviary eat the cacao pods but in the wild, Monkeys, rodents, and fruit bats are attracted to the inner pulp that surrounds the seeds.
    • Small pink flowers are borne directly on the trunk and branches in the summer and fall. Seeds from the cacao tree is a source of cocoa butter and chocolate.
    Plant Type:
    • Evergreen
    • Tree
    Endangered Status
    Endangered Status
    • Extinct in Wild (EW)
    • Critically Endangered (CR)
    • Endangered (EN)
    • Vulnerable (VU)
    • Near Threatened (NT)
    • Least Concern (LC)
    • Not Evaluated (NE)
    Hardiness Zones

    The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

    USDA Hardiness Zones

    11a (40 °F to 45 °F)

    11b (45 °F to 50 °F)

    12a (50 °F to 55 °F)

    12b (55 °F to 60 °F)