Mangosteen, Manggis

Garcinia mangostana

Family: Clusiaceae
Genus: Garcinia (gar-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: mangostana (man-go-STA-na) (Info)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Dark Green


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

San Leandro, California

Ahuimanu, Hawaii

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii

Heeia, Hawaii

Kaneohe, Hawaii

Leilani Estates, Hawaii

Nanawale Estates, Hawaii

Pahoa, Hawaii

Waikane, Hawaii

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 16, 2011, kungfoochimp from Wailuku, HI (Zone 12a) wrote:

Extremely finicky. Does not tolerate salt, too much water, too little water, strong winds, etc. In Hawaii seems to thrive in valley bottoms near Hilo on the Big Island (high rainfall area ~100"/annum). Requires frequent water, but does not tolerate water-logged soils. I have seen these die in the garden store due to their extremely specific needs. I have no information on fertilization or sun requirements as I have not attempted growing due to my proximity to the ocean.


On Mar 24, 2010, oreknob from Fenton, MI wrote:

The fruit of this tree have amazing folklore for their healing properties and medicinal value. This is the national fruit of Thailand. Fruit can now be imported to the US. It can only be grown in suptropical (warm, moist) climates.


On Feb 3, 2007, wrightie from Metro DC, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tropical tree cannot yet be legally imported to the continental United States due to a potential fruit fly problem. The mangosteen is a most delicious fruit which is best eaten fresh.

I have no experience growing this tree, but have often enjoyed eating the fresh fruit while living in Asia.


On Aug 6, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Also known as the Queen of Fruits, this is the best tasting fruit in the whole world! The fruit has a perfect consistency, too... soft but some texture, very juicy and easy to digest. Too bad for the large seeds or it would be nearly perfect. Also it would nice if it weren't so tropical. Even in Hawaii the trees will only fruit at the lowest elevations. The red-brown rind is an incredible stain- have many T-shirts that will remind of this fruit as long as they exist- cannot get rid of the stain.


On Jun 28, 2003, Ulrich from Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 11) wrote:

A dark reddish brown fruit of southeastern Asia with a thick rind and juicy flesh having a flavor suggestive of both peach and pineapple.