African Red is a bright leaf variety with white stemmed light green colored leaves. A vigorous grower reaching 7-8 feet in height at the first crows foot. Plant form is columnar. Average size of 10th leaf at maturity is 28 inches. Leaf width 12". Averages 28 leaves on untopped plants, not including bed leaves. Matures in 80 days. African Red has a high nicotine content, averaging 2.98%. The leaves air cure to a very light reddish brown. The smoke is mild and comparable to Virginia Golds. Original seed donated to the USDA from Transvaal, South Africa in 1975.