Chrysophyllum gonocarpum, Guatambu-De-Leite

Chrysophyllum gonocarpum

Family: Sapotaceae
Origin: Tropical America
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterEdible plant

Native to tropical America, Chrysophyllum gonocarpum is a small tree that grows to a height of 10-20 feet, making it an ideal choice to plant as a small specimen or as an ornamental tree when space is limited. It has a short trunk and a dense, round canopy.

The leaves of Chrysophyllum gonocarpum are a dull green, spirally arranged, and are 2-4 cm long and 1-1.5 cm wide. The flowers are small and white, appearing in clusters. The fruits that follow are yellow-green, subglobular and covered in grooves, resembling a miniature lime. The flesh of the fruits are fragrant and sweet.

Chrysophyllum gonocarpum enjoys full sun, with some shade in the warmer months and requires regular watering. Also known as Guatambu-De-Leite, this small tree is hardy in USDA Zones 9-11 and can flourish in coastal areas, as it is tolerant of salt spray.

For those who live in cooler regions and would like to grow Chrysophyllum gonocarpum, it can be grow in a container in a bright location indoors. When brought indoors, regular watering is key, as well as good drainage. Pruning can also be done to keep the tree in a more compact shape and to maintain a neat appearance. It is also important to keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy, as over-watering can lead to root-rot. Another factor to consider when growing Chrysophyllum gonocarpum in a container is periodic feeding with a slow-release fertilizer.

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