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Star apple, Caimito

Chrysophyllum cainito

Family: Sapotaceae
Genus: Chrysophyllum (kris-oh-FIL-um) (Info)
Species: cainito (kay-NY-toh) (Info)

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Foliage Color:

Bronze-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Purple

White/Near White

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

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

Fresno, California

Loxahatchee, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Hana, Hawaii

Kihei, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 20, 2008, evr from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love the fruits of this plant. They taste similar to the Asian Persimmon, without the bittertaste at the end when really ripe. The fruits are green and then turns to purple; one must be careful of the seeds because the "hook" might get caught in your throat.

Positive

On Aug 11, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a tropical tree, with very beautiful foliage. The leaves are medium to deep green on the upper page, and fuzzy and bronze on the lower one. Depending on how you look at it, you will see a dense green, or a dense bronze foliage. Either way, itīs really pretty.

It produces plum sized red fruits that are edible. I never proved it, but I believe that slightly unripen fruits may contain a sticky latex.

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