The tiny, greenish spring flowers are borne in large sprays.
The fruit resemble enormous peaches, though the skin is smooth,
ripening to orange or red.
Seedling trees tend to have furry seeds, making juice extraction
awkward, and their flavor is often marred by a bitter aftertaste.
Selected cultivars have superior fruit, sweet to the last, with
smooth pits; Alphonso is universally regarded as the finest.
Cultivation: Rain at flowering time can rot the blossoms and ruin
the crop. Plant in full sun.Prune when young to encourage a single
In addition to grafting as mentioned above, they can be propagated
from ripe seed.
Watch for fruit fly and fungal diseases.