Star Apple

Chrysophyllum cainito

Star apple Fruit showing the purple colour of both the skin and also how it fades into the flesh which eventually becomes white. The spectacular leaves with their dark green foliage and brown underside is also displayed

Sometimes known as Cainito 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.
Other Names: Caimito

$17.75 ($4.90-$27.00 choose a size)

Specifications of Star Apple

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) +10m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? No (Full Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 5+ Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months March, November, December

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Star Apple Reviews & Tips

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Marty Young
3y ago

Goldsborough, QLD, Australia

Star Apple

Our 5 trees are about 7 years old and full every year. more falls off than we can pick which is a shame, make an effort this year to get it all.

4y ago

Miami, FL

Star Apple

I've been growing mine in South Florida..Miami area. It's about 6 years old and just popped it's first 2 fruits....Finally! Lots of sun and water.

Russell Drinkwater
4y ago

Eidsvold, QLD, Australia

Star Apple

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!

Danny N1
★★★★★ 5y ago

WYNN VALE, SA, Australia

Still very small but that would be my fault - i placed in full open Adelaide sun!!! which in turn burned the new leaves that had sprouted ( lesson learned!) it now lives in my semi-enclosed pergola and recovering very well.Have it in a 430mm pot with p...

Danny N.
5y ago

Adelaide, SA, Australia

Star Apple

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.

7y ago


First solitary fruit this year saved its life.

8y ago


I bought this Star Apple seedling from Forbidden Fruits Nursery at Myocum. It was very sick, and still is. Not quite sure how to help it. Seems very stunted and its main trunk has been eliminated so it wont grow very tall. Star Apples are spectacular ...

★★★ 10y ago

Bundaberg, Qld, Australia

Absolutely beautiful tree. Foliage is deep green on upper side and iridescent gold on underside. Never seems to drop any leaves. Mine is currently about 3M tall and looks very healthy. No fruit as yet but the trees appearance is stunning in sunlight....

★★ 10y ago

Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

Beuatiful yummy fruit reminds me me of childhood memory climbing niehgbours tree...

★★★★ 10y ago

Quakers Hill, NSW, Australia

Growing great in summer. However it attracts so much ants. Foliage is lovely.

★★★★★ 10y ago

ËIDSVOLD, QLD, Australia

good shade tree and love the fruit. 2011 is the first time it has flowered and is starting to set fruit.

★★★ 11y ago

Blackwater, QLD, Australia

green fruit have the haitan purple love the look of thr plant had to have a green one

11y ago


Tried to grow this tree several times, but each time it died at the end of winter, presumably because of the low temperatures at night.

★★★ 11y ago

Eagleby, QLD, Australia

Growing well, only had for a month (sept 09) but seem to be handling life in the pots well. Not very large yet but will pot up when necessary and hopefully will fruit when mature. Being a lazy gardener I will fertilize with the others and prune if I th...

12y ago


Died shortly after putting in ground

John Plummer
13y ago

Darwin, NT, Australia

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.

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