Soursop, Dutch Durian, Guanabana, Prickly Custard Apple

Annona muricata

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

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

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


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

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Birmingham, Alabama

Miami, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Naples, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Ahuimanu, Hawaii

Heeia, Hawaii

Kaneohe, Hawaii

Waikane, Hawaii

St John, Virgin Islands

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 3, 2021, Chinandega81 from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This tree certainly grows in the Miami area but it deserves a caveat. They like acidic soils and ours is very they need special care to produce, rather than just to survive.

By adding compost or mulch, in addition to sea shells...and a fertilization routine, the soursop can handle our marginal climate. It does best in a full sun location protected from cold north winds in the winter (some type of large shrub or tree to the north of it can help a lot).

The problem is, this tree flowers in the winter...and in it's native range, the winter isn't occasionaly cool like it is in South Florida. So, that makes it hard for it to flower locally as it can defoliate completely if temps go below 50 a few times....which obviously doesn't allow it to flower eit... read more


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!


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


On Oct 7, 2012, sugarweed from Taylor Creek, 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.