Pouteria hypoglauca , Cinnamon Apple

Pouteria hypoglauca

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

Pouteria hypoglauca, or Cinnamon Apple as it is more commonly known, is a small tree native to Central America. Growing to a maximum of 10-20 feet, these trees thrive in full sun and need regular water. Though mature plants are cold hardy at least to 30sF for a short time, they are only hardy to 28F once they have been established. This tree is typically found in Zones 9-11 according to USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.

This rare tree bears creamy, mild flavored fruit that is slightly sweet. The texture of the flesh is milky with coarse graininess, similar to a seeded grape. In Aztec (or Mayan) language, this fruit is known as xox. The fruit has unique medicinal and nutritive values, making them great for milkshakes and recipes.

In cold climates, it is possible to grow a Pouteria hypoglauca in a pot for years. This tree needs a well-draining pots that is filled with a rich, loose, and moisture-retentive potting mix. Planting in a pot also helps protect it from cold temperatures and will also ensure that it gets the right amount of water and nutrients. Make sure to place the pot in a sunny spot and give it enough water so that the soil doesn't dry out completely.

By taking proper care of a Pouteria hypoglauca, you can enjoy the benefits of this rare tree for years to come!

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