Custard Apple
Annona reticulata

Family: Annonaceae
Genus: Annona (uh-NO-nuh) (Info)
Species: reticulata (reh-tick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 19, 2006, Dinu from Mysore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

Annona reticulata (the image of the fruit is posted by me) is a useful plant to have in the yard. Close relatives of this include the cherimoya and sugar apple. The interior has a very white sweet flesh, delicately flavored with a hint of acidity, like its larger cousin, the soursop . Custard apples are a well-balanced food having protein, fibre, minerals, vitamins, energy and little fat. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, B6, and with some B2 .

The leaves are used as a decoction which is helpful externally as a mouthwash - for toothache. There are also many medicinal uses.