How to grow Star apple

Star apple growing tree of the genus Chrysophyllum also known as Caimito, Star apple tree perennial evergreen in colder climate become semi-deciduous plant, grow in tropic and also possible in a frost free mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+.

Leaves color is green, the bottom of the leaf is golden-red color.

Flower color is yellow-white the size 1-4 mm and the flowers grow in groups.

Star apple fruit

Fruit are purple with green- purple shell, the inside color is light purple to white and there is a sweet milk-like liquid.

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Requirements for Star apple growing and care:

More than 3C

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible

Difficulties/Problems with growing:
Outside the tropic very sensitive to sun and cold

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn ( and in the tropic can be also in winter)

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, prodenia

Pruning season:

How to prune:
Weak and dead branches, design of the tree it’s important first need to let the tree grow up

Size of the plant?
8-20 m, 24-60 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing, average growing

Irrigation water management requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / half shade

Is it possible to grow indoor?

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

Blooming information

When does flowers bloom?
In tropics in the winter in non-tropic spring

General information about the flower
Small yellow-white flowers grow in groups

Thinning / Deadheading of the blossom:
Wind can cause to thinning

Pollination is done by:

Edible fruits

When does it yield:
In tropics in the spring-summer in non-tropic summer

Pests or diseases in Star apple fruits:
Birds, mediterranean fruit fly

What can be done with big quantities of Caimito fruit?
Eat raw, juice, cakes

Work requirements on the fruit:
Sometime needed to cover with net

How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-5 years and outside the tropic zone can be 5-18 years

Ripening of fruit:
Can be picked up before fully ripening

Scientific name:

Chrysophyllum cainito

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Leaf color

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone