Ceylon Gooseberry, Ketembilla (Dovyalis hebecarpa)

Ceylon Gooseberry, Ketembilla (Dovyalis hebecarpa)

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Ceylon Gooseberry, commonly known as Ketembilla and Kitambilla, is a tropical perennial fruiting shrub or small tree native to Sri Lanka and southern India.  The small round exotic fruit has deep-maroon, furry, and velvety skin.  The pulp has a simultaneously tart, sweet, sour, acidic and bitter flavor with notes of cranberry, lemon, honey, and papaya.  Fruit is a great source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals and is eaten fresh or made into juice and jam.

Ceylon Gooseberry was originally brought to the United States by Dr. David Fairchild.  It has since been naturalized in Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico, Israel, and parts of Central America and South Africa.

Plant Type
Tropical Fruit Tree, Shrub

Harvest Season
 Spring - Summer

Mature Size
Tree grows between 9-16 ft. tall

Soil & Moisture
Prefers deep, fertile, humus-rich and well-draining soil.

Light Requirements
 Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile

Growth Rate

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

Propagation

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How to Grow Ceylon Gooseberry

Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree, Shrub

Harvest Season: Spring - Summer

Mature Size: Tree grows between 9-16 ft. tall

Soil & Moisture: Prefers deep, fertile, humus-rich and well-draining soil.

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 needs frost protection to be grown outdoors in Zone 9.