Artocarpus Species, Jackfruit, Jack Fruit

Artocarpus heterophyllus

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Artocarpus (ar-toe-karp-us) (Info)
Species: heterophyllus (het-er-oh-FIL-us) (Info)
Synonym:Artocarpus integrifolius var. heterophylla
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


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:

Suitable for growing in containers


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


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

Bushnell, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Largo, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida(2 reports)

Miami, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Starke, Florida

Tampa, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Dudley, Georgia

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 15, 2016, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I planted seeds today in pots..they were sprouting in a shallow tray of water. I have to wonder about the Z9 rating accuracy.
Its late in summer to try- August- but that's just the way it is.
Photos to follow as they sprout.


On Nov 28, 2009, projectjackfene from kampala,
Uganda wrote:

am in uganda.this fruit grows quite well, it has picked in terms of market value.
a project highlighting its usefulness is in the offing. a tree nursery has been set up at kyebando vocational training center(K.V.T.C.).it has 1000 seedlings so far.the seedlings are going to be distributed to christian communities in kampala,mpigi and wakiso is a very rich fruit in terms of nutrients!


On Aug 5, 2006, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

We bought a jackfruit tree in Miami and brought it back to Houston. So far it is doing well. We will keep it inside on cold nights and try planting it after it has matured. We ate the fruit and it is tasty.


On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

There is a fruiting specimen of this tree at the Fullerton Aboretum in Southern California.


On Jul 19, 2004, RuthSemisch from Heidelberg,
Germany wrote:


I have planted a number of Jackfruits, all from seeds. I bought the fruit from a store in Frankfurt. Most of the seedlings I gave away, but I kept two that are now about 2m high. They must be about two and a half years old. They do germinate very well, and require huge pots.
Through the winter, I keep them inside.
This might pose a problem in a few years....

They will probably not have fruits in our climate, but it is an interesting plant to have. The soil I use is regular plant soil from the gardener.



On Jul 13, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've just tasted my first Jackfruit and am having zone envy. Absolutely delicious.

Some Vietnamese friends brought part of one up from Nashville this weekend and shared. The reason for only bringing part (1/4) was the cost of Jackfruit in Nashville. A whole one is 120.00 American dollars! A fourth was 30.00.

It has a wonderful tropical taste, sort of a banana/papaya flavor.

Those of you lucky enought to have them growing nearby are blessed!

I saved seeds and am going to try and germinate some even though they will never fruit here.


On Jun 11, 2003, teddyJ from Rockhampton,
Australia wrote:

These trees make good windbreaks and although they are tropical they will withstand mild frosts for short periods once established. My latest ones have survived -2C several times and although they were damaged they are now 4 years old and past the tender stage. The unripe fruit can be picked green and cooked as a vegetable. My whole family regard the ripe fruit as delicious and the seeds can be roasted or boiled.


On Jun 3, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Jackfruit trees may get really tall. Ive seen really enormous ones, over 30m high. The fruits comes out from the trunk. They are actually an infrutescence, and a big one, formed by a group of small fruits together in the same axis. Its sticky, sweet, I personally dont like it, but its very popular here in Brazil. However, due to the side of the jackfruits, its better to avoid planting it near parking lots, sidewalks, places where people may walk over... no one wants a 20kg jackfruit hitting their head...


On Aug 11, 2001, Evert from Helsinki,
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Jackfruit is a tropical tree and it has the largest fruits in the world. It is stinky and tastes sweet but little odd. Seeds are also edible. Popular especially in India and South East Asia. Very easy to grow from seeds. Seds are big and they should be fresh. Less than 2 months old germinates best..