A glowing yellow, waxy skinned fruit with a sweet pulp that has the consistency of a hard-boiled egg yolk, canistel is well adapted to South Florida. It will bloom and fruit throughout the year, and makes a perfect landscape tree for the home garden due to its relatively small size and handsome form. It is easy to grow, wind resistant, and tolerant of sandy or limestone soils. Canistel trees have a stately, spreading crown and handsome furrowed bark. The young branches are velvety brown and add to the ornamental appeal of the tree. It matures around 25-30' in height and spread. The handsome fruits vaguely resemble smooth yellow peaches.
Canistel trees should be planted in the full sun and will require watering until they get established if there are inconsistent rains. Once established they are drought tolerant, partially losing their leaves with the onset of extreme drought. They respond well to mulching. Mulching improves water-holding capacity, nutrient retention and availability, and soil structure.
The canistel is adapted well to life in the Caribbean and can be grown in close proximity to the water. They are not salt tolerant, however and will die with salt water inundation or persistent salt spray. Young trees are cold-sensitive, and should be protected from frost or freezes.
Fertilization is best done with three applications per year (March, July and September) of an 8-3-9 or other fruit tree formulation.
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