Star Apple

STAR APPLES

Chrysophyllum cainito

aka Purple Caimito

Star Apples are part of the Sapotaceae family of plants which includes mamey sapote, green sapote, abiu, and canistel.

While originally from the West Indies and Central America, star apples are now commonly found throughout the Caribbean, northern South America, Australia, and parts of SE Asia and Africa as well.

GROWTH HABIT:

Star Apples grow 25-100' depending on soil conditions and weather.   Branches have a weeping growth habit.

Star apple trees like space:  25' from other trees is needed if they are left untrimmed.

Young trees are intolerant of frost, though mature trees may survive down to 24-25 degrees.   Leaf damage occurs at 27-29 degrees.

FRUITING:

They bloom in Florida in August to October, and fruit is harvested from February to May.  Mature trees have been known to produce as much as 150 lbs of fruit in a season.

Fruits are typically 2-4" round and contain 6-11 seeds.

​FRUIT TASTE:

​Star apples are usually eaten fresh by cutting the ripe fruit in half and scooping out the sweet, juicy, white pulp. It is often mixed with yogurts or cottage cheese and is also delicious mixed in cold milkshakes!  

Never bite into the rind or skin, as they contain a bitter, astringent sap.

Star apples are usually eaten fresh by cutting the ripe fruit in half and scooping out the sweet, juicy, white pulp. It is often mixed with yogurts or cottage cheese and is also delicious mixed in cold milkshakes!  Never bite into the rind or skin, as they contain a bitter, astringent sap.
star apple

unripe, purple-peel star apple: 'Haitan Star'

CULTIVARS:

There are 2 cultivars commonly found in South Florida and available for resale: 

'Haitian Star' --- has a purple skin

'Blanco Star' --- has a green peel / skin

They may be seedling, grafted or air-layered.  Seedlings take 5-10 yrs to fruit,  grafted or air-layered will fruit in 1-2 years.

Both the Haitian Star & the Blanco Star are self pollinating varieties.

star apple

photo courtesy Ian McGuire/UF/IFAS

star apple fruit
photo courtesy wikipedia: Alexcooper1

purple star apple fruit cut in half

star apple

Chrysophyllum cainito: Purple caimito
8' tall Star Apple in 15g air-root pruning container:
these are $195 when available

please call us for availability

for yellow star apples,
aka  Pouteria caimito or ABIU,
click here.

Availability is seasonal on star apples: please check availability before ordering:

Star Apple 3g
Star Apple 3g
Chrysophyllum cainito / Purple Caimito 3g
Price: $45.00
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Star Apple 7g
Star Apple 7g
Chrysophyllum cainito / Purple Caimito 7g
Price: $85.00
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Star Apple 15g
Star Apple 15g
Chrysophyllum cainito / Purple Caimito 15g
Price: $195.00
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