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Annona muricata

Family: Annonaceae
Genus: Annona (uh-NO-nuh) (Info)
Species: muricata (mur-ee-KAY-tuh) (Info)
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Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

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Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

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

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

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

Birmingham, Alabama

Miami Beach, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Naples, Florida

Ahuimanu, Hawaii

St John, Virgin Islands

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 10, 2016, janelp_lee from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

The fruit is more acidic than sweet but very flavorful, the after taste is very fragrant and flavorful in the mouth!

It is excellent for juicy to blend with sweeter fruit if you prefer sweeter fruit in general!

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On Dec 23, 2015, Ted_B from Birmingham, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Many feel A. muricata produces the best tasting fruit of the genus, but unfortunately, this particular species is particularly sensitive to cold temperatures as compared to other popular Annona fruiting trees. This plant thrives in warm, humid summers, and anything less seems to bring growth to a halt. This plant has done well in a well-draining mix of sand and compost, and appreciates regular waterings. The plant succeeds in cooler climates as an overwintered container specimen so long as it is kept in a bright location or under grow lamps during winter. Bring plant inside when temperatures begin dipping to 50F (10C), and reduce watering accordingly. Many report good fruit set in this situation. Where ample fruit is desired, flowers require carefully timed hand pollination for best result... read more

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On Oct 7, 2012, sugarweed from Okeechobee, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is touted to be a very powerful anti cancer food.
Seeds are poison, but fruit is supposed to be tasty.

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