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Quararibea cordata, Matisia cordata, Chupa-chupa, Zapote Chupachupa, South American Sapote

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 Quararibea cordata, Matisia cordata
Family: Malvaceae   (Formerly:Bombacaceae)
Subfamily: Bombacoideae
Chupa-chupa, Zapote Chupachupa, South American Sapote
Origin: Brazil, Colombia, Peru
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterEdible

The Chupa-chupa tree is fast-growing, erect, to 130 or even 145 ft (40-45 m) high in the wild, though often no more than 40 ft (12 m) in cultivation. It is sometimes buttressed; has stiff branches in tiered whorls of 5; and copious gummy yellow latex.

The flesh, orange-yellow, soft, juicy, sweet and of agreeable flavor surrounds 2 to 5 seeds, to 1 1/2 in (4 cm) long and 1 in (2.5 cm) wide, from which long fibers extend through the flesh.

In Florida, young trees need protection from winter cold. For best performance, the tree needs full sun and plenty of moisture. The tree attains maximum dimensions in the low, wet, deep soils of South American forests, yet it does well in cultivation on the slopes of the Andes and seems to tolerate the dry, oolitic limestone of South Florida's coastal ridge when enriched with topsoil and fertilizer.

The tree is commonly grown from seed but superior types should be vegetatively propagated. Side-veneer grafting can be easily done.

Also placed in Malvaceae ssf. Bombacoideae.


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 Quararibea cordata, Matisia cordata, Chupa-chupa, Zapote Chupachupa, South American Sapote

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Quararibea cordata, Matisia cordata, Chupa-chupa, Zapote Chupachupa, South American Sapote

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Quararibea cordata, Matisia cordata, Chupa-chupa, Zapote Chupachupa, South American Sapote

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Quararibea cordata, Matisia cordata, Chupa-chupa, Zapote Chupachupa, South American Sapote

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Chupa-chupa, Zapote, South American Sapote.
One of the most amazing and showy tropical fruit trees with huge heart-shaped leaves, heart-shaped fruit and fast-growing habit. The fruit has a bizarre shape like a large breast with a nipple, and the pulp is very tasty.
For best performance, the tree needs full sun, rich soil, plenty of moisture and fertilizer.

Express shipping. Will be shipped by Express Mail/UPS Next Day/FedEx Next Day (except Florida, where UPS/FedEx ground takes 1 day). No replacements or refunds on this item, we provide the best packaging. Watch for the delivery, do not keep the package on a sunny porch!
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