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Gamboge

Garcinia xanthochymus

a.k.a. Garcinia tinctoria, False Mangosteen, Yellow Mangosteen

Golden yellow berry fruit, 3-4" in diameter with a yellow, juicy, and acidic pulp usually containing two seeds. Flavor is quite tasty, and a bit sour.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Gamboge. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in June 2016.

Description

bannerMedium sized tree with large leaves. Flowering occurs between March and May.

Hardiness

Trees are fairly hardy, easily surviving temperatures to 32F with no injury. Protection should be given if temperatures drop below 32F for any length of time.

Growing Environment

Unknown, but trees seem to need little care other than regular water.

Propagation

By seeds.

Uses

Fruits can be eaten fresh out of hand. Often used in making jams. Can be used as a substitute for tamarind in cooking. Fruit juice and bark extract are used as dyes.

Native Range

Native range from India through Malay peninsula.

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