Chrysophyllum gonocarpum is a tree that reaches 7-12 m in height with a trunk diameter of 20-50 cm when fully grown. The fruit is a yellow subglobose berry with five longitudinal grooves.
This is a relative of Star Apple (Caimito - Chrysophyllum cainito) which is a popular fruit, well known among the people of the Caribbean. The fruit of the Satinleaf is much smaller than the Caimito, just a little dark purple berry, about an inch in diameter. Satinleaf is an ornamental medium-sized tree with a mature height of up to 30 feet and distinctive foliage: shiny olive on top, silky silvery gold underneath. You might use one in your backyard as a shade tree, an easier-to-manage alternative to live oak.
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit, wood and medicinal uses. Edible milky fruit. Leaves very variable in shape.
Varieties: Purple, Green. Season: February-MayThis beautiful shade tree has glossy dark green leaves with a silky bronze color underneath. Caimito is a favorite in the Caribbean and Central America as well as Southeast Asia. The fruit has a mild grape-like flavor, and is best eaten fresh.
Fantastic Sapotaceous tropical fruit. Size of medium apple,bright yellow when ripe. Flesh is jelly-like, very juicy, sweet, acid-free, surrounded by somewhat hard thick skin with sticky latex on cut. The taste of fruit resembles one of Chrysophyllum cainito. One elongated seed inside.
This tree does well in most soils, but rarely tolerates flooding. Pruning is common, and will shorten height and improve early yields. It has a medium-size, but thick canopy. It matures in three to five years, and can produce for over 20 years. The popular fruit is eaten raw, and the trunk provides heavy, excellent wood for fuel and crafts. The latex of the fruit is occasionally used to treat wounds. As with most fruit trees, it is believed that pruning should be done during a full moon.