Caimito, star apple, Chrysophyllum cainito
||High (10-12 hours)
||Medium (2-3x week)
||30" x 40"
Star apple is a beautiful landscape tree for South Florida, forming a medium to large sized tree around 40' tall with a slightly smaller spread. The foliage is extremely handsome, with a glossy green surface, and a shimmering gold velvety underside; leaves blowing in the wind give the tree canopy a scintillating, magical effect. The non-showy flowers mature into round fruits 2-4" in diameter; the leathery peel may be red-purple, dark purple, or pale green. When the fruit is cut transversely, the seed cells are seen to radiate outwardly from a central core, producing a star-shaped pattern, hence the name "star apple." The pulp is soft and sweet.
Star apples are generally in season from late winter or early spring to early summer. They do not fall when ripe but must be hand-picked by clipping the stem. Care must be taken to make sure that they are fully mature. Otherwise the fruits will be gummy, astringent and inedible. When fully ripe, the skin is dull, a trifle wrinkled, and the fruit is slightly soft to the touch.
Caimito is best adapted to hot, lowland tropical climates but will grow in warm, protected locations in South Florida. Full sun is best but trees will tolerate light shade, although fruit harvests may be reduced. The tree is not particular as to soil, growing well in deep, rich earth, clayey loam, sand, or limestone, but it needs perfect drainage. New trees should be watered weekly for the first six months. Later irrigation may be infrequent except during the flowering season when watering will increase fruit set. A complete, well-balanced fertilizer will greatly improve performance in limestone and other infertile soils.
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