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PlantFiles: Peanut Butter Tree
Bunchosia argentea

Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Bunchosia (bun-CHOS-ee-a) (Info)
Species: argentea (ar-JEN-tee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Malpighia argentea

One vendor has this plant for sale.

19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Guitbox On Nov 15, 2014, Guitbox from Fort Myers, FL wrote:

I love this tree! Growing nicely after almost a year. Flowered a bit once, with a few fruits (very yummy), then a much larger flowering resulting in many more fruits which are almost ripe. I couldn't get any of the seeds to germinate. From what I've read, that's typical.

Positive TheORKINMan On Apr 12, 2013, TheORKINMan from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

Received directly from someone in Costa Rica. Seeds sprouted en route. Seeds grow well in my area 9b. Trees are currently 1.5 years old.

Positive Karenarj On Oct 24, 2012, Karenarj from Sarasota, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

The seeds do not store.

Neutral sharscornr On Oct 15, 2007, sharscornr from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I am adding this note for clarification. I live in Portland, Oregon where we have "Peanut Butter Trees". I know because I have one. However, it is NOT the same as this tree. The tree I am referring to is called Japanese Clerodendrum, Peanut Butter Shrub, Harlequin Glory Bower
Clerodendrum trichotomum. The difference is that when you rub a leaf between your fingers, it smells of peanut butter...the tree is not tropical...the flowers are white or pink clusters...and the berries are dark red, almost black. I hope this helps others who are looking for information on the other "Peanut Butter Tree."

Positive tmccullo On Nov 25, 2006, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Just bought our tree from River's End Nursery in Los Fresnos, Texas. We tasted the fruit and could not believe that it tasted just like peanut butter. They sell nothing but grafted trees so ours shoudl start producing fruit within a year. The fruit is about the size of a grape so the tree does nto have to be ver large. It apparently is native to Central and South America but should take Houston weather as long as we protect it from frost. This should be a great addition to our tropical garden.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Farmington, Connecticut
Brandon, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)
Tallahassee, Florida
Venice, Florida
Clover, South Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
La Porte, Texas
Longview, Washington
Raymond, Washington

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