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
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
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Annona glabraAlso known as:
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.
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
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