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Pouteria multiflora, Broadleaved Lucuma, Chocky Apple, Jacana

Pouteria multiflora

Broadleaved Lucuma, Chocky Apple, Jacana
Family: Sapotaceae
Origin: Antilles
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterEdible

Jácana, also known as bully tree, is a medium to evergreen tree, endemic of the Antilles with a wide canopy of big, oval leaves. Its wood is hard, firm, strong and very heavy, so it is widely used to build furniture and light posts. Rounded fruit, much like the canistel but smaller, with sparse, sweetish pulp, are yellow-orange with creamy taste, sometimes mushy, with a delightful and delicate flavor, very sought-after for! It is believed that pre-Colombine inhabitants introduced this tree to the Caribbean. In the wild, it can be found in humid, high mountains. It thrives in the shade, under canopies of other trees. Its roots are deep and long in mature trees, making it fairly resistant to strong winds. If the Jacana looses its upper branches, it will recover quickly. This makes it an excellent tree if you live in a hurricane prone area. In more acid soils, its roots tend to extend sideways. Usually, the Jacana is free of deceases and insects. It prefers to have other Jacana trees around: it doesn't like to be alone! Jacana starts to flower once the canopy is well developed, which occurs when it reaches maturity. If you have a lonely (just one) Jacana tree, it will only bear fruits in February. But if you have many Jacana trees together, they will bear fruits year round. Insects are their primary pollination factor. The more humid their habitat, the more fruits they will bear. A big tree will bear from 200 to 300 fruits a year. The seeds loose their viability very soon if you keep them at room temperature (they are good for less than one month after recollection) You can plant the seeds directly to the ground or in liners. Provide irrigation system and warm conditions if you plant cuttings. Plant cuttings at a 45 degree angle, use a radical component, take the leaves out of the cuttings, and 1/3 of these cuttings will be good in 8 months.

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