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The tree produces a very popular fruit as well as having a wide range of local medicinal uses and a good quality wood. It is widely cultivated in tropical regions . Chrysophyllum cainito is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. The plant is. One of the relatively minor fruits of the family Sapotaceae, the star apple or goldenleaf tree, Chrysophyllum cainito L. (syn. Achras caimito Ruiz & Pavon), has.

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Grown as an ornamental for the attractive golden underside to the leaves. A sweet flavour[ ]. In Cambodia, this cyrysophyllum is called ” plae teuk dos ko” which means milk fruit.

Star Apple

Latex seeping from an immature fruit Photograph by: It is also taken as a diuretic, febrifuge and remedy for dysentery[ ]. The undersides of the leaves are grated and applied as a poultice to wounds[ ]. The fresh fruit is also often added to salads, drinks, and other dishes. It cannot grow in the shade. The fruit is about 10cm in diameter[ ].


Branches of star apple tree are used as a medium in growing orchids while the wood pulp is made into high quality paper. Datasheet Chrysophyllum cainito caimito. You can unsubscribe at anytime. Either by seeds, which take years to bear, or by grafting and budding, with trees coming to bear in years.

A decoction of the leaves is taken orally to treat hypoglycaemia[ ]. Chrysophyllum cainito is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m 82ft by 20 m 65ft at a medium rate. Trees take about 5 – 10 years to produce fruit from seed[].

Chrysophyllum cainito – Wiktionary

Good-quality veneer and plywood can be obtained from it[ ]. Occasionally grown commercially in parts of south Florida.

The bark yields tannin. Synsepalum subcordatum Giant Miracle Fruit.

Some trees yield heavy crops of fruit, others bear little[ ]. The purple fruit has a denser skin and texture while the greenish brown fruit has a thin skin and a more liquid pulp; the yellow variety is less common and difficult to find. Year ISBN Description The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.


Readable yet also very detailed. Grafted plants can start to fruit in 2 – 4 years[ chrysopnyllum.

Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata. Humid woodlands at low to medium elevations[ ].

This page was last edited on 14 Novemberat List of Pests Top of page Major host of: Right plant wrong place. Pulp is soft and sweet. Young trees may be killed by even short exposure to Lost Crops of Africa: Chrysophyllum soboliferum Pradosia brevipes Armadillo Fruit.

An emulsion of the slightly bitter seed kernels is used to make imitation milk-of-almonds or nougat and other confections[ ]. Ceratitis rosa Natal fruit fly.