This highly ornamental tree is a rapid grower. The standard variety can reach 40-60' or more, but the dwarf variety offered here usually grows no more than 8-12' tall with a smaller spread. Deciduous in habit, its leaves turn bright yellow before falling in the cool season. The small white flowers are borne in large bunches. The long-stalked fruits dangle in bunches of a dozen or more. The pleasant tasting acidic fruit is about the size of a small apple, with a pineapple-mango flavor and crunchy texture. They can be eaten raw or used in jams, jellies, sauces and beverages.
While green the fruit will fall to the ground over a period of several weeks. As they mature the skin turns golden-yellow with an orange-yellow pulp surrounding a single large spiny seed. When ripe they have a pleasant pineapple-like fragrance.
Dwarf ambarella enjoys growing conditions similar to mango: full sun, a rich moist but well-drained soil, and a humid tropical or subtropical climate. It grows in all types of soil, as long as they are well drained. It has been noted that some trees can suffer from some nutritional disorders if the soil is too alkaline, so be prepared to fertilize with an acid-based fertilizer if necessary.
Trees are cold sensitive when small and should be protected from serious frost and strong wind. Trees do best in full sun, but will produce some fruit in light shade.
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