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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Star Apple

A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant vividly to life. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits. Hardiness Star cainit are tropical, and will not survive more than a couple of degrees of frost.

The seed retains its viability for several months[ ]. A number of closely related species, also called star apples, are grown in Africa including C. Chrysophyllum cainito – L. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. The trees do not drop their fruit, making it necessary to climb the tree in order to harvest the crop[ ].

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This is a QR code short for Quick Response which gives fast-track access to our website pages. Branches of star apple tree are used as a medium in growing orchids while the wood pulp is made into high quality paper. The pleasantly acidic flesh is high in carbohydrate and is eaten fresh[ ].

Manilkara bidentata, Mimusops balata Ausubo. The fresh fruit is also often added to salads, drinks, and other dishes. The ripe chrysophyllu, preferably chilled, is cut in chryosphyllum and the flesh spooned out, leaving the seed cells and core. A decoction of the rind, or of the leaves, is taken as a pectoral[ ]. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs.

Chrysophyllum cainito is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m 82ft by 20 m 65ft at a medium rate.

Chrysophyllum cainito – Wikipedia

Small flowers occur in clusters. Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Young trees may be killed by even short exposure to Right plant wrong place.

Cultivated tree in Africa Photograph by: It is hardy to zone UK 10 and is frost tender. Growing Environment Young trees are highly susceptible to any kind of frost or cold wind.

Star apples are eaten fresh. Gives descriptions, photos and uses of a very wide range of fruit and other food-producing plants plus ornamentals.


Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Description A medium to large sized tree from ft high. The annual rainfall range for growth is reported to be – 2,mm with the optimum between 1, – 1,mm[ ]. The fruits are delicious as a fresh dessert fruit; it is sweet and best served chilled.

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.

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Other common names are cainito, caimito, golden leaf tree, abiaba, pomme de lait, estrella, milk fruit and aguay. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. For a list of references used on this page please go here A special thanks to Chrysophhyllum Fern for some of the information used on this page.

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