Starfruit, carambola, Averrhoa carambola
||Medium (6-8 hours)
||Medium (2-3x week)
||25" x 25"
Originally from Southeast Asia, starfruit or carambola is a slow-growing, short-trunked tree with a much-branched, bushy, broad, rounded crown reaching 20-30' high with a similar spread. Its deciduous leaves, spirally arranged around the branches, are a soft medium-green, smooth on the upper surface, finely hairy and whitish on the underside. The leaflets are sensitive to light and more or less inclined to fold together at night or when the tree is shaken or abruptly shocked. Small clusters of attractive pinkish-purplish-red flowers, about 1/4" wide, are borne on the twigs in the axils of the leaves. The showy fruits are up to 6" long and have thin, waxy, orange-yellow skin and juicy, crisp, yellow flesh when fully ripe. Slices cut in cross-section have the form of a star, hence the common name. In South Florida, starfruit may ripen at any time of the year but the heaviest harvest is typically from late summer to late fall.
Starfruit needs full sun for best fruit production, but will tolerate partial shade and still produce some fruit. Multiple trees should be spaced 20' apart in the landscape. Starfruit appreciates a rich, well-drained soil liberally amended with compost. If chlorosis occurs, it can be corrected by added iron, zinc and manganese. Established trees are somewhat drought tolerant but moderate irrigation is highly desirable during dry seasons to ensure good fruit production. Interplanting of several different strains provides cross-pollination and will produce the highest yields.
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