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Star Gooseberry (Phyllanthus acidus) Growing on the trunk of the Fruit TreeBy PJeganathan CC BY-SA 4.0 (Photo Credits)
Botanical Name: Phyllanthus acidus

This interesting and ornamental small tropical tree features a bushy crown, red flowers and abundant waxy yellow fruit. It is popular for its medicinal values and as an ingredient in sweet relishes and preserves in its native region of, India and Madagascar. Its popularity has spread it widely throughout Asia and the Pacific and occasionally spotted throughout Central America. The young leaves are also cooked as a green. While tolerant to most soil types, it prefers moist sites in the full sun in the sub/tropics. Also know as Otaheite Gooseberry or Tahitian Gooseberry

Other Names: Otaheite gooseberry, Malay gooseberry, Tahitian gooseberry, Country gooseberry, Star gooseberry, Starberry, West India gooseberry
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$29.90 1 Seedling Pot: 2.5L
Height: 40-50cm

$19.75 0 Seedling Pot: 0.75L
Height: 20-30cm
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Star Gooseberry Phyllanthus acidus growing on the trunk of the Fruit Tree

Plant Information or Specifications

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Indian Favourite (#IndianFavourite)

Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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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)

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

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

May, June, July



Customer Comments on Star Gooseberry

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Star Gooseberry

Makes the most amazing sweet pink jam,beautiful.equal parts sugar to fruit, strain thru sieve. | Heather Dampier - Brassall, 4305 28-Dec-2015

Star Gooseberry

I have made jam with the juice from the berries, and when cooked, strain the juice,discard the fruit, the remaining juice turns a rosy pink in colour and resembles a taste similar to Rosella Jam. I just used the same recipe as for Rosella Jam. Excellent!! | Marion Struckel - Greenvale. 4816, QLD, 29-Jul-2009

Star Gooseberry

Stew with apple and lots of sugar and it will taste like stewed Rhubarb | Megan Osmond - Adelaide, SA 08-Mar-2007
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Star Gooseberry (Seedling)

Rusticular's Edible Fruits
Update: 1822 days 3hrs

Comments: -

Phyllanthus distichus

Planted: 2012

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

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Star Gooseberry 7/10

ManishU's Edible Fruits
Update: 670 days 3hrs

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Update 09-Dec-2011: This tree really seems to love the current weather. Plenty of new growth. New pic attached.

Wasnt aware that these trees were deciduous. It lost all its leaves over winter and was completely bare. Its growing new shoots now.

We also call the fruit 'amla'.

Height 0.75 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


Pollination: No

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Star Gooseberry 4/10

Amethyst's Edible Fruits
Update: 2187 days 10hrs

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Rather disappointed with this purchase. While it's a handsome looking small tree it has been a failure fruiting. Plants are either male or female or both. If you get one that's not 'both', you won't get any fruit.

Planted: 2011

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 30% in Spring

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: Male plant

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

Remarkably pest-free.

Organic Status:Certified

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