Spanish Lime, Mamoncillo, Guayo, Honeyberry, Limoncillo

Melicoccus bijugatus

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melicoccus (mel-ih-KOK-us) (Info)
Species: bijugatus
Synonym:Melicoccus bijuga
Synonym:Melicocca bijuga

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth

Velvet/Fuzzy

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Dunnellon, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Kenner, Louisiana

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On May 4, 2017, greenman62 from Kenner, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

my understanding is you need male and female plants
i only have 1
so i will wait till i know which one it is.

plant has taken 26F as a 2ft seedling
lost leaves, but came back.

Positive

On Sep 10, 2005, knotimpaired from Vieques, PR (Zone 11) wrote:

Here in Puerto Rico we call this the Guinep Tree. These are native to the NE section of South America.

The fruit can be anywhere from sweet to sour. Our tends to be on the sweeter side. Guineps are used for many things but in our neck of the woods it is just pulled from the tree, you remove the rind and swirl it in your mouth until all the flesh is gone. They are much sought after fruits here.

We also use it as a sweetner for rum drinks.

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