1-2" around fruit with red-orange skin and a watery pulp having an apricot-like flavor.
Slow growing tree, usually only to 10-20ft. Fruits ripen during August in its native range.
Imbe's are cold hardy to 26F.
Trees tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions and are salt tolerant so they can be grown near the ocean. Trees can be grown in both full sun and part shade. Enjoys year-round water.
By seed and grafting. The imbe can be used as a rootstock for the mangosteen.
Eaten fresh, and are also made into preserves, pies, and assorted desserts.
Native to East Africa. The fruit has a good flavor, but its thin skin and subsequent susceptibility to damage has hindered commercial cultivation.