A small fruit tree native to Central and South America that produces copious amounts of yellow fruit with edible arils that have a delicious, sweet taste. It is a very adaptable plant that will grow in any tropical or warm temperate climate in USDA Zones 10 and above.
Fruit are variable in shape, averaging 4 to 5 cm in diameter and 5 to 6 cm in length. The fruit have a thick, hard outer wall containing a bitter latex, as in bacurí. Inside the hard shell is a white, creamy flesh surrounding 3 to 4 large seeds. The flesh is scanty in comparison to mangosteen or bacurí. 1 Fruits are in season from May to August and again in October and November. Some 15-to 20-year-old trees have produced 100 to 200 fruits when there have been no adverse weather conditions.
Mature Height: 26-40 ft (8-12 m)
Sunlight: Light to moderate shade
Fruit Color: yellow
Botanical Name: Clusiaceae