Red Mombin

Spondias purpurea

Red Mombin

One of the most popular small fruits of the American tropics, the Red Mombin, Spondias purpurea.The red mombin may be a shrub or low-branched small tree 8m in height. The branches are thick and brittle. The tiny, 4- to 5-petalled flowers are red or purple and borne in short, hairy panicles along the branches before the leaves appear which are a beautiful bright-red or purple when young. The fruits are plum-like, borne singly or in groups of 2 or 3,varying in colour from purple to bright-red, even yellow sometimes. They vary in shape and size from 2-5cm. The skin is glossy and firm; the flesh aromatic, yellow, fibrous, very juicy, with a rich, plum-like, subacid to acid flavor. Best eaten fresh for a light refreshing snack, but can also be made into jams, chutney, stewed, boiled or dried.


Specifications of Red Mombin

Preferred Climate Subtropical, TropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

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

Plants required to Pollinate 2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? No Leaves (Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April

Red Mombin Reviews & Tips

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Garfield Wright
1y ago

Wongawallan , QLD, Australia

Red Mombin

This is a great climbing tree for kids and they can sit in it for hours going from branch to branch picking tasty fruit - one of my favourite childhood memories.

Nick Mccann
6y ago

Port Charlotte, FLA

Red Mombin

Pick them before they turn red, for they fall off when ripe and will make a mess and attract insects and mice; they will ripen from orange to red after picked with no loss in flavor.

Douglas Edwards
7y ago

Quincy, FL

Red Mombin

My wife is from el salvador. she talks about this fruit all the time i would love to get me some mombin trees to plant for her

12y ago

Wiley Park, NSW, Australia

Red Mombin

My dad used to have this tree in the Philippines. we called it "sineguelas" or "sinegwelas" or spanish plum. harvested during summer months, its part of our summer fruit bonanza :). i miss the taste of this fruit.

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