Imbe

Garcinia livingstonei

Ripe fruits and foliage of Garcinia livingstonei (also called imbe) By Christopher Hind [Wikipedia Free LicenseCommercial Use] (Photo Credits)

Originating in Africa, this tree bears a small plum like fruit bright orange in colour. A thin layer of acid-sweet, watery pulp surrounds the seed. The rather tender skin tends to prevent packing and shipping of the fruit, but it deserves to be more widely cultivated as a home fruit. Hardy to most conditions. Dark green leathery leaves and ornamental structure make it appealing as an interesting and edible landscape plant. Grows to a bush or small tree to 4-6 m. Imbes have good salt tollerance and are also wind tollerant.Trees are dioecious, so one of each a male and female are needed for pollination and fruit set.Plant a minimum of 3 seedlings to increase the chances of having one of each.Isolated female trees will set a few small fruit parthenocarpically but the quality and size is always better with a male pollinator.
Other Names: African Mangosteen

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Specifications of Imbe

Preferred Climate Subtropical, TropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 3 Plants (Male and Female)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April

Imbe Reviews & Tips

Star Rating

Eamonn O'loghlin
11y ago

Brisbane, QLD

Imbe

Dead ugly tree, but the fruit are definitely worth it!

JasonRutkowski1
★★★★ 11y ago

Winmalee, NSW, Australia

Was growing well but got washed away in large flood

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