THIS FRUIT IS A GARDEN STAR
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.