Atemoya forms a small to mid-sized landscape tree, typically 25-30' tall and wide in South Florida. Trees have a more rounded, symmetrical canopy than the closely related custard apple (Annona reticulata). Trees are semi-deciduous, with the rate of leaf drop dependent upon the severity of cool winter temperatures. Small greenish flowers emerge during mid- to late spring as trees flush with new vegetative growth. These mature into conical or oval-shaped fruit 3-5" in diameter, with a pinecone-like appearance. As fruit matures, the color changes from green to yellowish green. The pulp is white or creamy white, with a custard-like consistency and sweet, pleasant flavor. Atemoya is a fall-ripening species in South Florida.
The atemoya is slightly hardier than the sugar apple but still is limited to tropical climates, best suited to where rainfall and humidity are high and winters are warm. The tree thrives in various types of soil, from sandy loam to red basalt or heavy clay, but best growth and productivity occur in deep, rich loam of medium texture, with good organic content and a moderate amount of moisture. Good drainage is essential; the tree will die in permanently wet locations. No fertilizer is necessary until after newly transplanted trees are well established, since the young roots are very sensitive. A 6-10-16 fertilizer applied twice yearly is recommended for established trees. Irrigation during flowering and fruit setting improves yield and fruit quality.
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