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Matisia cordata Chupa-chupa   Bombacaceae
 

Chupa-chupa, Zapote Chupachupa, South American Sapote, Matisia cordata

 

Chupa-chupa, Zapote Chupachupa, South American Sapote, Matisia cordata

Quararibea cordata, Matisia cordata
Family: Bombacaceae
Chupa-chupa, Zapote Chupachupa, South American Sapote
Origin: Brazil, Colombia, Peru
small tree 10-20 ft, full sun, regular water, edible

The Chupa-chupa tree is fast-growing, erect, to 130 or even 145 ft (40-45 m) high in the wild, though often no more than 40 ft (12 m) in cultivation. It is sometimes buttressed; has stiff branches in tiered whorls of 5; and copious guChupa-chupa, Zapote Chupachupa, South American Sapote, Matisia cordatammy yellow latex.

The flesh, orange-yellow, soft, juicy, sweet and of agreeable flavor surrounds 2 to 5 seeds, to 1 1/2 in (4 cm) long and 1 in (2.5 cm) wide, from which long fibers extend through the flesh.

In Florida, young trees need protection from winter cold. For best performance, the tree needs full sun and plenty of moisture. The tree attains maximum dimensions in the low, wet, deep soils of South American forests, yet it does well in cultivation on the slopes of the Andes and seems to tolerate the dry, oolitic limestone of South Florida's coastal ridge when enriched with topsoil and fertilizer.

The tree is commonly grown from seed but superior types should be vegetatively propagated. Side-veneer grafting can be easily done.

Also placed in Malvaceae ssf. Bombacoideae.

     
     

 

  

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