The tree produces a very popular fruit as well as having a wide range of local medicinal uses and a good quality wood. It is widely cultivated in tropical regions . Chrysophyllum cainito is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. The plant is. One of the relatively minor fruits of the family Sapotaceae, the star apple or goldenleaf tree, Chrysophyllum cainito L. (syn. Achras caimito Ruiz & Pavon), has.

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Fruit cut open to show why it is called a star apple Photograph by: Grafted plants can start to fruit in 2 – 4 years[ ]. The fruit is globose and typically measures from 2 to 3 inches in diameter. To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately. A better way of serving the fruit is to cut around the middle completely through the rind and then, holding the fruit stem-end down, twisting the top gently back and forth.

The skin needs to be removed since biting into it leaves a horrible stickiness in the mouth[ ]. The fresh fruit is also often added to salads, drinks, and other dishes. The star apple is a very popular fruit in many tropical parts of the world. The seedlings bear fruits in years[ ]. Star apples are eaten fresh. Data related to Chrysophyllum cainito at Wikispecies. Fertile, well drained and slightly acid soils are ideal for good growth, though the plant can succeed on almost all types of soil[ ].


The seed retains its viability for several months[ ].

The temperature range for growth is reported to be 12 – 35c with the optimum between 22 – 38c[ ]. Please view the copyright link for more information. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.

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Chrysophyllum cainito – Useful Tropical Plants

It prefers moist soil. Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. Cainoto is native to the Greater Antilles and the West Indies. Young trees may be killed by even short exposure to It is a seasonal fruit bearing tree. Chrysophyllum cainito Star Apple.

Habitats Humid woodlands at low to medium elevations[ ]. It cannot grow in the shade.

The wood is sometimes used for fuel[ ]. Chrysophyllum oliviforme Satin Leaf Tree. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. The tiny flowers are purplish white and have a sweet fragrant smell. This page was last edited on 14 Novemberat Pouteria lucuma Lucuma obovata Lucuma.


Pouteria viridis Green Sapote. The branches are used as an orchid-growing chrysophgllum ].

Star Apple

It is hardy to zone UK 10 and is frost tender. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included. The star caiito usually comes in two forms, either the dark purple skinned variety with red-purple pulp, or the green skinned variety with clear-white pulp.

Prefers a deep, rich loam[ ]. A good quality paper can be obtained from the wood pulp[ ].

Trees take about 5 – 10 years to produce fruit from seed[]. All plant pages have their own unique code. The trees do not drop their fruit, making it necessary to climb the tree in order to harvest the crop[ ].

Some evidence in Hawaii, USA.

The flattened seeds are light brown and hard. Greenish-white and yellow-fruited cultivars are sometimes available. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant caiinto to life. There are many named varieties[ ]. A radiating star pattern is visible in the pulp.

The sapwood and heartwood are reddish-brown to dark brown, strong, hard but not durable, with fine to medium texture, fairly straight grain; specific gravity of 0.