Quararibea cordata, Matisia cordata
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 gummy
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
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.