Phyllanthus acidus growing tree of the genus Phyllanthus also known as Star gooseberry tree, Phyllanthus acidus perennial evergreen plant used for the edible fruits, medical plant and as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Leaves color green in elliptic shape, leaves grow in pinnate structure

Flower color pink to red in cross shape, the flowers cover the tree

Phyllanthus acidus fruits

Fruits color yellow in round shape, fruits are sour.

Alternative names: Otaheite gooseberry, Malay gooseberry, Tahitian gooseberry, Country gooseberry, Star gooseberry, Starberry, West India gooseberry, or simply Gooseberry tree

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Requirements for Phyllanthus acidus growing and care:

Moist soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Invasive in the tropic

Planting season:
Spring / Summer / and in the tropic all year

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
For design

Size of the plant:
2-10m, 6-30 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

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

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower:
Cross shaped flower in red or pink color

Edible Fruit

Fruit harvest season:

Fruits pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Phyllanthus acidus fruit?
Juice, eaten raw, jams

Work requirements on the fruit:
Collect for the tree

How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-5 years

Scientific name:

Phyllanthus acidus

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Culinary Uses

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