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Imbe

Garcinia livingstonei

1-2" around fruit with red-orange skin and a watery pulp having an apricot-like flavor.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Imbe. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in August 2015.

Description

Slow growing tree, usually only to 10-20ft. Fruits ripen during August in its native range.

Hardiness

Imbe's are cold hardy to 26F.

Growing Environment

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.

Propagation

By seed and grafting. The imbe can be used as a rootstock for the mangosteen.

Uses

Eaten fresh, and are also made into preserves, pies, and assorted desserts.

Native Range

Native to East Africa. The fruit has a good flavor, but its thin skin and subsequent susceptibility to damage has hindered commercial cultivation.

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