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Pond Apple

Annona glabra

a.k.a. Alligator Apple, Monkey Apple

A kind of black sheep of the Annonaceae family, the pond apple is found wild throughout much of the American tropics. The flesh is usually palatable, but often pales in comparison to the more illustrious members of its family, the cherimoya, sugar apple, soursop and atemoya. Some trees do produce nice fruits and the species has its admirers.

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Description

A medium-sized tree to 40-50ft. Pond apple's can stand immense flooding and spend weeks at a time with their roots under water. The pond apple is very useful as a rootstock for other Annona species.

Hardiness

Hardy to at least 32F.

Growing Environment

N/A

Propagation

By seeds.

Uses

Usually eaten raw, but sometimes made into jellies and wine.

Native Range

Native throughout the West Indies and north to Florida. A predominant species in the Everglades.

Related Species

Annonaceae  
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Annona crassiflora
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Annona glabra
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