THIS FRUIT IS A GAR­DEN STAR

The Northern Star - - WEEKEND - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS

Caram­bola (aver­rhoa caram­bola), also known as star fruit, is eas­ily recog­nis­able by its five-pointed star-shaped yel­low fruit and is an eye-catch­ing, juicy and tangy ad­di­tion to fruit sal­ads, as well as chut­ney, juices, jams and tarts.

This is an ev­er­green, slow-grow­ing fruit tree for medium-sized sub-trop­i­cal and trop­i­cal gar­dens, grow­ing up to 8m tall in ideal con­di­tions.

Caram­bola is an at­trac­tive tree with pretty pink flow­ers.

It can pro­duce lots of fruit be­tween au­tumn and spring once it is es­tab­lished (which can take sev­eral years).

Pol­li­na­tion and fruit set will be im­proved by plant­ing two trees.

Caram­bola trees need a warm spot with rich moist well-drained soil.

When plant­ing a new caram­bola tree, en­rich the soil in the hole with a soil im­prover and fer­tiliser and keep the new tree well wa­tered while it es­tab­lishes.

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