Canistel 'Arue' (Pouteria campechiana)

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Canistel, also known as Eggfruit, Yellow Sapote or Tiesa, is a tropical evergreen tree commonly found in Southern Mexico, Central America, and parts of Southeast Asia. In the wild it can generally be found in wetland forests in areas of low elevation. It's a fast growing plant, that prefers well drained soil and good amounts of sunlight. 

The fruit has an amazing flavor, tasting like maple syrup coated sweet potatoes! The texture is simultaneously smooth, dry, creamy, and flaky. It is a large tropical evergreen tree that can even be dwarfed with the right amount of commitment. It has small fragrant flowers.

Canistel should be harvested when fruit turn yellow-orange. Allowing fruit 3 to 10 days to ripen at room temperature (76–82°F; 24–28°C). Ripe fruit is soft but not mushy. Will grow well in a container as long as you provide enough space for root growth. Overwinter indoors once temperatures reach freezing.  Medicinally the plant can be used for treating skin issues, using fresh leaves, flowers, or fruit to make a poultice or extract. Economically, it can be used as a source of latex. 

Plant Type:
Tropical/Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season:
Winter, Spring, Year-round

Typically December - March (sub-tropics) but varies slightly based on variety. Some cultivars even fruit year-round! Canistel fruit should be harvested when it turns yellow-orange. Allowing fruit 3 to 10 days to ripen at room temperature (76–82°F; 24–28°C). Ripe fruit is soft but not mushy.

Mature Size:
15-30 ft.

Will grow well in a container as long as you provide enough space for root growth. . 

Soil & Moisture:
Well-draining, sandy, soil rich in organic matter. Likes consistent watering especially during flower and fruiting but is completely intolerant of flooding. 

Light Requirements:
Full Sun (highest production), Part Shade

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:
Fast, Medium

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+. 

If taking on the task of growing this tropical fruit tree in colder climates, can be dwarfed with the right amount of commitment and can be overwintered indoors. During the coldest winter in the last ten years, the Canistel's planted in our food forest survived severe damage at 24 degrees, growing back from the base and are back to fruiting!

Propagation:
Large Pot Size: Grafted and capable of producing fruit within 2-3 years.

X-Large Pot Size: Grafted and capable of producing fruit within 1-2 years.

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Medium: 4" Coconut Coir Pot
Large: 6" Peat Pot
X-Large: 8-10" Pot 
Citrus: 4x14" Pot

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