Other Names: Lemon Drop Mangosteen, Cherry Mangosteen, Monkey Fruit,
Related To: [Clusiaceae] Mangosteen, Imbe, Madrono
Main Uses: Fruit
Growth Rate: Moderate. Bears fruit in 3-4 years.
Mature Height/Spread: Small tree, can be kept and fruit in a pot
with relative ease.
Flowering/Pollination: Small white flowers appear sporadically
throughout the year, often setting fruit. Self fertile.
Tolerance: Intolerant of salt, and moderately tolerant of
Soil/Nutrition: Adaptable, but prefers mildly acidic soils that
are well drained, and supplemented with micro-nutrients.
Light: Part shade to full sun. Fruits more prolifically in full
Wind: Small tree is sturdy.
Temperature: Will tolerate brief freezes, but generally prefers
tropical or very warm subtropical temperatures.
Bearing Age: 3-4 years from seed.
Fruit: Fruits are generally 1" in diameter, with a thin orange
skin, and aromatic sour/sub-acid flesh.
History/Origin: Native to, and fairly common in most of Central
America, where it is sometimes collected and sold in markets, but is
not as highly esteemed as it's larger, more desirable native
Species Observations: This species will live in dryer areas, but
requires high humidity to flourish.
Propogation: By seed, which is only viable for 1-2 days, and must
be planted immediately.
Container Culture: Easily grown in a 10-15 gallon container for
the duration of it's life, where it fruits often and easily with
Medicinal Uses: Unknown
Preparation / Food: Fruits are eaten fresh, but are also made