Exotic evergreen shrub or small tree widely cultivated for its fruits. Pot plant. Hedges. The pulp of the fruit is very fleshy and has an aromatic flavor. It is full of vitamin C. It can be used as an interesting addition to fruit drinks, jellies, ice cream and marmalade. The fruit is also used in dermatology and has digestive or cardiovascular properties.
Evergreen fruit tree, slow growing, up to 6m high. The leaves are dark green, silver at the back. The white and pink flowers have bright yellow or scarlet showy stamens. The dark-green oval fruit has a gritty texture. It is edible and juicy.
This shrub grows in rich and well-drained soils, in tropical and subtropical areas for high production of fruit. It is hardy to -12°C and sensitive to wind. The pruning has to be carefully done because if it is too strong the tree will not fruit during two years.
Dig a hole at least two or three times as wide and deep as the root ball. Take out the plant from the container and loosen roots to allow them to spread out in all direction. Cut possible broken roots. Mix the soil extracted with a substrate and fill part of the hole with the mixture obtained. Place the plant in the hole and cover with the remaining mixture. Compact the soil around the plant and water thoroughly.