Botanical Name: Chrysophyllum caimito
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.
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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)
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
No (Full Size)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
March, November, December
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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
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. | Edwardd - Miami, FL 04-Feb-2017
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. | Marty Young - Goldsborough, QLD 27-Jun-2018
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