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AMBARELLA

Ambarella Spondias dulcisBotanical Name: Spondias dulcis
Description

The Ambarella also known as the Hog plum or Golden apple is one of the newer fruits on the ever expanding list of exotics quickly gaining in popularity. Despite being tropical the ambarella has proven to be quite hardy and are very fast to become established in the subtropics and fruit begins to appear after only three years. Uses This pleasant tasting acidic fruit has a pineapple-mango flavour and a crunchy texture. The part nearer to the peel is quite sour getting sweeter near the seed. The ripe fruit is also much sweeter than the less mature green fruit. The fruit is quite nice eaten fresh, being referred to as the travellers delight in some countries because people are often seen munching on them, and is often used for making delicious jelly, pickles, relishes, soups and stews. The fruits yield a delicious juice, which can be made in to drinks and sherbets or mixed with other tropical fruit juices to enhance flavour, aroma and taste. A versatile tree, the young ambarella leaves can be consumed raw. In Indonesia, they are steamed and eaten as a vegetable with salted fish and rice and in Sri Lanka the raw fruit is mostly eaten fresh and cooked as a curry with chilli. The fruit is considered to be a good source of vitamin C and it is suggested that is has some value in aiding diabetes, heart ailment and urinary troubles. Description This highly ornamental tree is a rapid-grower reaching a height of 12-to18 m with upright growth. Deciduous in habit, its leaves turn bright yellow before falling in the cool season. The small white flowers are borne in large bunches with male, female and perfect flowers within each cluster. The long-stalked fruits dangle in bunches of a dozen or more. While green the fruit will fall to the ground over a period of several weeks. As they mature the skin turns golden-yellow with an orange-yellow pulp surrounding a single large spiny seed. When ripe they have a pleasant pineapple-like fragrance. Growing conditions Like the Mango, the tree thrives in humid tropical and subtropical areas growing up to 2 metres in a single growing season. It grows on all types of soil, as long as they are well drained. It has been noted that some trees can suffer from some nutritional disorders if the soil is too alkaline. Trees are cold sensitive when small and should be protected from serious frost and strong wind. Trees do best in full sun, but will produce some fruit in light shade. As a large and vigorous tree they prefer not be planted underneath other large trees and unlike some mango varieties they are not too fussed on salt spray.

Other Names: Hog Plum
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Plant Information or Specifications

Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

+10m

Plants required to Pollinate

2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)
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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

4-5 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

May, June, July, August

 

Customer Comments on Ambarella

Tree Information on growing, planting, pruning, maintenance, ripening, taste, pick or bonsai tips. But mainly how to grow a Ambarella Share Your Advice or ask questions on our Forum

Ambarella

Is fruiting well in minimum 7 degrees temperatures in Sydney . Are sweeter and better tasting and have smaller seeds than the fruit in Bankstown's vietnamese fruit shops. | R O L F - Bankstown, N S W 25-May-2006

Ambarella

Fruited in adelaide, main trouble pollination, few set | Andrew - Norwood, SA 19-Jun-2007

Ambarella

My tree has been in the ground full sun plenty of water and feed for abt 4months and has literally doubled in size and then some!! | S.l. - Quakers Hill, NSW 03-Feb-2009

Ambarella

Planted my tree in 2006 when about .5m high. Is now about 3.5m tall. Flowered and set about a dozen fruit last year. This year it has 2-3 dozen bunches of fruit, they are currently the size of a golf ball. | Mossy - Stirling North, SA 27-May-2009

Ambarella

Planted 2004,now it`s almost3.5m and last november start bearing fruit,now the fruit is not ready yet and size of the fruit is as big 14cm in dia and still growing | Bryan - Southern River, PERTH 21-Mar-2010

Ambarella

I have an ultra dwarf ambarella that fruits prolifically and continuously and stays under 1.5m. Seedlings fruit at under 30cm and within a year of germinmation. | Mike Trenerry - Cairns, QLD 10-Jun-2011

Ambarella

Amberalla is often eaten when its matured (not Rope) in Sri Lanka. it makes deliceous Jams, Pickels & Chatney in Sri Lanka, Kids love eating it raw with salt and pepper. Now its is serve Green amberalla as a Refreshing Juice Contains Vitamin C | Pradeep Dodampahala - Colombo, WESTE 04-Jan-2013

Ambarella

This fruit is very unique, in the sense that, its skin is lemony and the pulp is sweet and slightly acidic. Jams and chutneys are made from this fruit, by the Sri Lankan people. The seeds are protected in a fibrous cage that resembles a sea urchin. The in | Dominic Shelland Outschoorn - Mill Park, VIC 23-Jul-2014

Ambarella

We eat this fruit in Sri Lanka and is delicious green not golden yellow. Green but not too green meat is firm and not mushy. | Roshini Suehiro - Aiea, HI 15-Mar-2017

Ambarella

We want to buy one Ambarella tree | Shasta Le - Columbus, OHIO 18-Oct-2017
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Ambarella 8/10

Awal7505's Edible Fruits
Update: 2803 days 7hrs

Comments: -

Plant arrived full of foliage and in good condition.However,due to the cooler weather still persisting in SA,the plant slowly lost all its leaves and we thought it had died.When the warmer weather started,the plant began to grow back with vigour.It was then we planted it in the ground facing a northerly direction.Kept well watered over Summer,Autumn and the plant thrived and gained a lot of new growth.Now into Winter,once more it has lost all its leaves and here's hoping it will spring back to life for the new season.

In the Spring/Summer,plant regained all its leaves and produced new growth,enough to use in Thai food.Very happy.

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: No


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Ambarella 5/10

Michael's Edible Fruits
Update: 2899 days 17hrs

Comments: -

I thought this palnt died on my during winter but it came back strongly with heaps of new growth during spring. I have high hopes for this plant

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Ambarella 7/10

Linnie's Edible Fruits
Update: 2789 days 16hrs

Comments: -

Have had a single Ambarella for years, and it is growing happily, but has never fruited.

Planted: 2006

Height 1.3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: mulch, dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

No fruit, no control needed. The plant itself is very healthy.

Organic Status:Partially Organic

Question:

Does partial pollination mean I do need to get a 2nd plant to pollinate this one? I thought it meant that I would only achieve a reduced crop...


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Ambarella (Seedling) 3/10

Carla1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3025 days 17hrs

Comments: -

planted 13 yrs ago, still waiting for fruit.

Planted: 1996

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

no pests so far

Organic Status:Organic


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Ambarella

Robwhite1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2699 days 21hrs

Comments: -

purchased from daleys in 10.2 lasted four years and died I think too cold to grow here?


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Ambarella (Seedling) 8/10

HappyEarth's Edible Fruits
Update: 2783 days 6hrs

Comments: - Easy, fast growing deciduous tree.

Planted: 2007

Height 2.5 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Compost, Worm Castings, Dynamic lifter

Pest Control: None

Organic Status:Organic


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Ambarella (Seedling) 8/10

Scottyg's Edible Fruits
Update: 2822 days 1hrs

Comments: -

Very fast growing, and a striking feature tree when leaves fall in winter.

Planted: 2008

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control:

Nature Lure for fruit fly when detected.

Organic Status:Organic


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Ambarella

Elke's Edible Fruits
Update: 3016 days 3hrs

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sounds interesting and low maintenance, early bearing


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Ambarella (Seedling)

VF1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1891 days 1hrs

Comments: -

The description of a fruit that tastes like mango-pineapple mix and can be eaten when crisp sounds delightful.  Supposed to also self shed fruit just before they're ripe - sounds great too!  Young leaves edible too, and can be steamed and eaten as a vegetable. Seems like a good all-round tree. Only real con is size of tree.

Tree is deciduous too, and can put on nice Autumn display of leaves. Could potentially be a nice summer shade tree that allows in winter sun.

Have generously been given some ultra-dwarf ambarella seeds by a fellow forum member. I hope I'll get at least one to germinate!

Planted: 2012

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Comments

Thithi says... [1209 days 21hrs ago]
Ambarella does not taste like mango or pineapple, or combination of them. It is crunchy and a bit sour sweet when green, sweet and watery when ripe. I like to eat green ambarella more.

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Ambarella (Seedling) 5/10

Rustynutz's Edible Fruits
Update: 37 days 8hrs

Comments: -

beautiful fast growing tree. Great tree fro kids to climb when tree's older

Height 6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Ambarella (Seedling) 8/10

Ivepeters's Edible Fruits
Update: 1509 days 21hrs

Comments: -

Ultra Dwarf variety

Planted: 2012

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 4

First Fruited: 6 Months From Seed

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Upalig says... [1285 days 4hrs ago]
Hi. Wants to buy few seeds or plants of ultra dwarf amberella. Would you be able to help?
ivepeters says... [1284 days 22hrs ago]
Where are you. If in Brisbane, can have a tree.
Upalig says... [1284 days 4hrs ago]
Many thanks for your reply and offer for a plant. I am in Brisbane and appreciate if you could send me a pickup address to my email; upali123@optusnet.com.au. Regards.
Peter91 says... [670 days 14hrs ago]
Are you able to post to Adelaide, SA? Really want a dwarf variety.
ivepeters says... [670 days 4hrs ago]
I'll check to see if there are any , but think all green at moment. Few weeks back sent a lot of seeds to W.A.
FarmerDan says... [665 days 4hrs ago]
Hi ivepeter, i too am on the look out for ultra dwarf plant as it has to fit in the greenhouse over winter, im in orange nsw, will to pay postage for plant/seed what have you. danieltaurins86@hotmail.com if you can help a fellow out :)
Uni1 says... [557 days 15hrs ago]
Hi ivepeter, I also have been looking for the ultra dwarft seedling for long time. Much appreciate if you can share the seeds with us. We are happy to cover the postage. unicantho@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers

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Ambarella (Seedling) 10/10

Russ3's Edible Fruits
Update: 1408 days 1hrs

Comments: - I have the Ultra Dwarf variety but grown from seed, I can't wait to try them. I have heard conflicting reports about if they grow true from seed. So far all 6 seem to be growing uniformly in both shape and size. Easy plant to keep happy and seems to be growing a new set of leaves daily

Planted: 2013

Height 15 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 5

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: composted cow/chicken manure, seaweed, liquid fertaliser

Pest Control:

Inspect daily for grass hoppers

Question: Will ultra Dwarf Hog plum grow true from seed


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Uni1 says... [557 days 15hrs ago]
Hi Russ, I also have been desperately looking for the ultra dwarft seedling for long time. Much appreciate if you can share the seeds with us. We are happy to cover the postage. unicantho@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers

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Ambarella 10/10

Upalig's Edible Fruits
Update: 1285 days 4hrs

Comments: - Have been searching for dwarf amberella seeds or plants for years but never managed to find someone who sells this plant. Much appreciated if anyone could help.


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Ambarella 7/10

Fruit365ayear's Edible Fruits
Update: 987 days 6hrs

Comments: - I have a dwarf and a regular sized ambarella both have lots of foliage and are healthy under cover in both winter and summer, shade in summer and green house in winter, 

Planted: 2013

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: No

Question: Can these fruit in adelaide?  


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Ambarella (Seedling)

Peter91's Edible Fruits
Update: 657 days 16hrs

Comments: - Dwarf selection gifted by generous member.


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Ambarella (Seedling)

Winston1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2523 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Fast growing, bright and green

Planted: 2010

Height 60 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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