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PlantFiles: False Mangosteen, Yellow Mangosteen
Garcinia xanthochymus

Family: Clusiaceae
Genus: Garcinia (gar-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: xanthochymus (zan-tho-KY-mus) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium
By grafting
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive timrann On Dec 20, 2008, timrann from Other
Mauritius wrote:

Garcinia xanthochymus is a very appreciated fruit, for it's sweet & acid taste. Though not so common in Mauritius ; sometimes can be found in nurseries as seedlings. Fruits are yellow when ripe and very juicy. The fruit is also known for it's anoxidant properties used in many natural medecine. Trees can grow in very large way even bigger than Mango tree, branches can covers15-20 m in diameter. Fruits are roundish and about size of golf balls and seeds are roundish - elongated and dark brown in colour.

Positive fauna4flora On Nov 24, 2008, fauna4flora from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:

I must say that this species can be grown in full sun. The fruits may not always have two seeds and can be tart compared to others in the genus. A very interesting tropical fruit, nonethless, and a great candidate for container gardening.

Positive aztropic On Sep 10, 2005, aztropic from Mesa, AZ wrote:

The yellow mangosteen tree is very similar to a mango tree and would do well where mango's grow outdoors.The fruit is like a large yellow plum,only more acidic,and generally contains 2 seeds per fruit.


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

Tampa, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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