The soursop tree is low-branching and bushy but slender because of its upturned limbs; typical landscape dimensions in South Florida are 20-25' tall with a 15' spread. Young branchlets are rusty-hairy. The evergreen leaves are smooth, glossy dark green on the upper surface and paler beneath. The unusual yellow-green flowers, which are borne singly, may emerge anywhere on the trunk, branches or twigs.
The fruit is irregularly oval or heart-shaped, 4-12" long, and the weight may be up to 10 or 15 lbs. The skin is dark green in the immature fruit, becoming slightly yellowish-green before the mature fruit is soft to the touch. The fruit has a sweet pineapple-like aroma, but its taste is more acidic. Soursop's fruit season is generally June through early September in South Florida.
Soursop is best planted in a full sun location at the start of the rainy season (May/June). If planting multiple trees, space them 15' apart. The tree grows rapidly and begins to bear in 3 - 5 years. Soursop demands a constantly moist but well-drained soil, and will lose its leaves and cease fruit production if conditions are too dry. Mulching is recommended to avoid dehydration of the shallow, fibrous root system during dry, hot weather. Trees should be fertilized twice yearly with a good all-purpose slow-release fertilizer.
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