ACHACHA

COMMON NAME Achacha, Achachair├║, Bolivian mangosteen
BOTANICAL NAME Garcinia humilis
HEIGHT 30′
WIDTH 20′
DIOECIOUS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN 30+ years
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 33┬░ F
SOIL TYPE Well drained, preferably high in organic matter
WATER REQUIREMENTS Regularly; May need a little extra water the during hot, dry months.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Low
SALT TOLERANCE Low
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun is preferred, can take part shade. Strong sunlight can damage young foliage.
FERTILIZING Sparingly use a general purpose, 10-10-10 once every 2 to 3 weeks in the Spring for faster growth. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves and trunk. Water before and after applying fertilizer.
FLOWER White petals 4, hermaphroditic flowers15-35mm long, male flowers 9-12mm long; borne in groups of five.
MONTH OF COLOR Summer
FRUIT Oval, 2″ long fruit. Blue-green exterior that ripens to deep golden yellow to orange when mature. Interior is edible, white, and sweet with a slight tang. Contains 1 or 2 inedible seeds.
TOXICITY Undetermined
COMMENTS Tropical evergreen tree with pyramidal foliage growth. Exudes a yellow latex when bruised or cut. Young leaves are pinkish-red before turning yellowish green on maturity.Young trees are slow growing, bearing fruit at 5 to 6 years old. Can produce over 30,000 fruit in it’s lifetime! Best in warm, humid growing conditions. The fruit is rare, with a tangy, slightly sweet flavor. Native to Bolivia. Achachairu translates to “Honey Kiss” in the Guarani language. Thriving mature trees can produce thousands of fruits every year. Sensitive to frost, a freeze can defoliate the plant and drop fruits.
PRICE 1 gallon $35