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Annona glabra

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, alkaline, poor, loam, clay, sand

Height: 25'-50'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white, yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, edible, naturalizing, pond margin plant, salt tolerant, semi-deciduous, showy fruit, stream margin plant, swamp plant, wetland plant

Fruit of Annona glabra (pond apple)
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Annona glabra

Also known as:

pond apple



Scientific Synonyms:


Pond apple is a semi-deciduous tree that can grow up to 50' tall. The leaves are leathery and green. It produces large, leathery, attractive, pale yellow or creamy colored flowers. The fruit are large, greenish and resemble smooth skinned custard apples. It is clump forming, giving the illusion of of being multi-stemmed. Mature trees have slightly buttressed root systems, providing additional visual interest.


A wetland native, Annona glabra can withstand prolonged periods in standing freshwater or even brackish water. Ample water and a sunny location re a must. It will naturalize easily and is considered an invasive species in some countries, such as Australia, where it has been introduced and displace entire ecosystems. Blooms from April to June. Frost tender in zone 9. Zones 10-11


Propagate from seed, or softwood cuttings.

Additional Notes

Though seldom sold commercially in the US, the pond apple produces a delicious fruit, that is highly prized in many tropical countries, including Mexico where it is called cherimoya. The wood of the tree is very soft, lightweight and rot resistant. It has been used as a cork substitute for floats in the fishing industry. It is also an ideal substrate for growing epiphytes such as orchids and tillandsias.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Magnoliales
Family Annonaceae Custard-apple family
Genus Annona annona
Species Annona glabra pond apple