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Abiu Tree in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Pouteria Caimito

 

Abiu Tree

The Abiu is a tropical fruit tree originated in the Amazonian region of South America. It's fruit is round to oval in shape, when ripe the skin is smooth and bright yellow with a translucent whiteish flesh, somewhat jelly-like in texture, and with a taste that has been likened to a sweet caramel custard.

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plant Features
  • Abiu Tree likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Abiu Tree likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Abiu Tree is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Abiu Tree likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Abiu Tree

Latin name

Pouteria Caimito

type

Evergreen fruiting tree

family

Sapotaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Abiu Tree likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Abiu Tree is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Abiu Tree likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Abiu Tree likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Abiu Tree is 10.00meters x 15.00meters 10.00 M 15.00 M

Pouteria Caimito

The Abiu is a tropical fruit tree originated in the Amazonian region of South America. It's fruit is round to oval in shape, when ripe the skin is smooth and bright yellow with a translucent whiteish flesh, somewhat jelly-like in texture, and with a taste that has been likened to a sweet caramel custard.


Flowering

From Late Summer TO Early Winter

The small, perfect, whitish, almost sessile flowers are produced abundantly along small branches (1.3 to 5.1 cm), and tend to cluster towards the ends of the stems. he bloom season may be in summer, autumn, and winter depending on the cultivar (variety).

 

Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

The mamey sapote grows well in a wide variety of well-drained soils, from heavy clays to the limestone and sandy soils. Mamey sapote are intolerant of constantly wet or flooded soil conditions. The wet soil conditions decrease the oxygen content in the soil, causing roots to die which weakens the tree. In addition, weakened roots are more susceptible to attack by root rotting fungi.

 

Propogation

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Mamey sapote is difficult to propagate vegetatively; however, with proper attention to detail and repeated effort, a high rate of success can be achieved. Grafted trees should not be allowed to become root-bound as this may lead to poor or slow establishment after planting. This can be avoided by repotting into larger containers as tree size increases.

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

In general, mamey sapote trees should be planted in full sun for best growth and fruit production. Select a part of the landscape away from other trees, buildings and structures, and power lines. Remember mamey sapote trees can become very large if not pruned to contain their size. Select the warmest area of the landscape that does not flood (or remain wet) after typical summer rainfall events.

 
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