How to grow Mamoncillo

Mamoncillo grow and care – tree of the genus Nephelium also known as Spanish lime or Limoncillo, Mamoncillo perennial evergreen to semi-deciduous plant, used for the edible fruits and as shade tree, grow in tropic, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+.

Leaves are green ovate when the leaves start to grow in red color.

Flower color are white the size 1-2 mm the flowers can separate to female and male flowers on separate trees or on the same trees.

Mamoncillo fruits

Fruit are cover with thin skin with, color of the skin green, that pilled easily the flesh is white-pink with special structure remind little bit onion, some cultivar are easy to take off the seeds most of cultivars hard take of the seeds, the fruit taste are sweet with sour and remind the Lime with Lychee fruits the size of the fruit is 2-4 cm the shape and the color remind the lime structure, the trunk is wide, seeds also edible.

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How to grow a Quenepa Mamoncillo tree – growing and care:

2 trees: female and male, slightly acidity soil, rich soil with organic matter, fertilizer with high ratio of nitrogen

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction – Air layer it’s a good method to get fruit faster, cutting insure the quality of the fruits and it’s takes less time to get fruits than seeds

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, but recommend grafting male and female on the same tree, consider to graft the male in the top because the tree is high so the fruits will be lower

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Very slow growing

Planting season:
Spring / Summer

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, termite

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
No need to prune much

Size of the plant:
10-25 m, 30-75 feet, can keep it smaller and ever recommend in order to pick up the fruits easy

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water, the first few years increase the water until the plant establish

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun, possible to start in half shade but will take more time to grow

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower:
Flower color are white the size 1-2 mm the flowers can separate to female and male flowers on separate trees or on the same tree

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Aphids, termite, birds

What can be done with big quantities of Mamoncillo fruits?
Eaten raw, jelly, jams, alcohol

Work requirements on the fruit:
Pick the fruits from the top of the tree

How long does it take to bear fruit?
5-10 years

Ripening of fruit:
Can be taken before it’s fully ripen

Scientific name:

Melicoccus bijugatus

Alternative names: Spanish lime, Genip, Guinep, Guinep tree, Quenepa tree, Limoncillo plant

How to grow Mamoncillo

Mamoncillo tree



Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dried fruit
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
  • Jams
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
Leaf color
  • Red leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 9