Tropical Fruit Information
Fruit Trees -- T-W
Fruiting Trees, Shrubs and Herbaceous Plants - T through W
++ Indicates that this is a variety or a species that is found in our arboretum, but not often stocked in our nursery. Inquire about availability. If we do not have it in stock, we can put you on our "waitlist" and call you when we have it available.
FCFS available. Native to Africa and naturalized around the world, the tamarind is an attractive tree valued for its shade and edible fruit. Adapted to both arid and moderately wet regions, this resilient tree is wind resistant and will withstand salt spray. Provided the soil is well-drained, tamarind produces well on various soil types, including, rocky and infertile soils. The trees are long-lived, grow 80-100 feet in height and may have a 40 foot spread. Though normally a large tree, tamarind is prized by bonsai enthusiasts due to the rough bark they develop while still small. A tree at ECHO has produced a few pods while growing in a 40-gallon pot. The skin becomes crunchy when ripe. The tasty brown pulp is sticky and sucked on like candy or can be made into a refreshing drink. It is also a popular element in Indian cooking. The taste is a mix of sweet and sour flavors. Grafted trees or cuttings can fruit in 3 to 4 years. Young trees are frost sensitive, but mature trees can take 28º F without serious injury.
Clausena lansium, syns. C. wampi, C. punctata, Cookia punctata, C. wampi, Quinaria lansium
Wampi is a distant relative of citrus. It grows well in southern Florida and is hardy to the mid-20s when mature and 28-30º F when young. Wampi has a pretty compound leaf with ruffled edges that make it an attractive ornamental. Small orange fruit is borne in clusters. The fruit skin is similar to a muscadine grape but contains a resinous oil that is unpleasant. The fruit pulp is white and subject to infestation by the Caribbean fruit fly. Crushed leaves have a smell very similar to anise.
see Wax Jambu
Syzygium samarangense, syns. S. javanicum, Eugenia javanica, E. alba
Wax jambu, or Java apple, produces abundant bell or pear-shaped fruits with thin shiny skin. The flesh is crisp and succulent. The flavor is mild with a hint of spice. It is often eaten fresh with salt. This spreading tree is fast growing and can grow to about 30-40¢. ECHO's tree has produced heavily for several years. Mature trees may tolerate 29ºF. Fruit flies and cold can be a problem.
West Indian Cherry
see Barbados Cherry
FCFS available. This tree is in the same family as citrus. It is frost and freeze tolerant and grows in a variety of soils. The trees are very easy to grow and produce a fruit that is sweet and soft like custard with no acid. Some people find the fruit terribly bitter while most people cannot detect the bitter taste. The season is April through midsummer. Fruit is produced commercially in California. Seedling trees may take many years to fruit.
++'Bonita Springs' is a non-bitter cultivar with sweet flesh. Fruit is tennis ball-sized with few seeds. Does not require a pollinizer.
++'SES #2' is a non-bitter variety.
++'Spice Park Late' is a small fruit with no aftertaste bearing very late in the season.
++'Young Hands Golden' is a new variety to our nursery. We presently have no information about this cultivar.
‘Chestnut' Seedling of Suebelle. Tree large, heavy production, fruit has withstood shipping to eastern states. Spherical, yellow-green when ripe, taste good, skin bitter. Alternate bearing.
'Homestead' a Florida cultivar that is precocious and productive and readily tolerates Florida's heat and humidity.
'Sue Bell'The best known cv of sapote, still not surpassed in performance by others; common in nurseries. A distinct cv., Neysa was commonly sold as Suebelle from 1955-65. True Suebelle fruit is variable in size, usually small, yellow, asymmetrical, sweet. Pick when soft. Bears nearly year-round. Tree medium, for home culture.
'Vernon'A mature tree found by him and may prove to be another, older cv. Tree large, rounded, vigorous but medium height. Fruit green, round oblate; flesh white, not becoming bitter when over-ripe. Alternate bearing, over the winter months. Performs well in northern California. Difficult to graft.