Sometimes known as Caimito is native to the West Indies where it is a very popular fruit. Fruit can be purple or green skinned. When cut in half there is an attractive star pattern. The flesh is sweet and tastes very smooth and aromatic. A very attractive tropical tree, leaves green above and gold underneath. Not suitable for temperate climates.
Plant Information or Specifications
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Frequent Watering, Moderate Watering
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
No (Full Size)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
March, November, December
Customer Comments on Star Apple
The timber is very brittle and branches tend to break off easily. Fruit is very hard to pick from a mature tree - it's a long, long way up!!! Foliage is pretty and when you see more brown than green, you know the tree is thirsty. | John Plummer - Darwin, NT 11-Sep-2008
Attempting to grow this in Adelaide S.A Which has a temperate climate, having said that purchased one from Daleys in Dec 2015 has been with me now in a pot for over 10 weeks and is putting on alot of new growth. | Danny N. - Adelaide, SA 04-Feb-2016
Takes about 8-10 years to flower. Fruit gets bigger each season. Regular organic fertilizer and plenty of water is needed. Ours is the purple coloured variety. I was very close to giving the tree the chop after 6 years of no flowers! | Russell Drinkwater - Eidsvold, QLD 12-Oct-2016
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Update: 2356 days 3hrs
This star apple was rescued several years ago in a pot with another tree, it was separate & has struggled, finally died after a year or so giving me a new oportunity and a spot for something else - what to put there is the question?????
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