Cherimoya (Annona cherimola)

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Cherimoya is the tropic’s ready-made custard concoction, enclosed in a scaly green shell and a splendid reputation to satisfy your sweet tooth. With a flavor described as floral pineapple, vanilla, strawberry and banana, the Cherimoya is a decadent South American treat with a short shelf-life. Originating from the valleys of Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia, it is a fast growing shoreline lover, a tree that thrives in high altitude tropical environments. It was noted as Mark Twain’s favorite fruit, as "The Most Delicious Fruit Known To Man" But not only is it tasty, it’s nutrient rich! Loaded with Vitamin C, B6, Thiamin, Niacin, and Potassium.

Plant Type:
Tropical/Subtropical Evergreen or Semi-Deciduous Fruit Tree/Shrub

Harvest Season:
Late-Summer, Fall

Mature Size:
Up to 35 feet

Soil & Moisture:
Rich, well-drained soil with light acidity suit these warm-weather plants best.  Provide regular moisture and humidity, but be careful not to over water. Annona's are intolerable to water-logging. Requires deep watering during growing/fruiting seasons and less during winter dormancy.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade

Overall, expect best fruit production with more sun

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:
Fast, Medium

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-11 (frost protection until established); Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Annona's (especially Soursop) may defoliate during the winter in subtropical regions (40 degrees or lower), but remain evergreen in their native deep tropical habitats. Sugar Apples are generally tolerant to 28 degrees, whereas some Annona's like Soursop will need more cold protection if growing outdoors in Zone 9.

Propagation: 
Our Annonas are grown from seed and air-layering and are capable of fruiting within 2-5 years.

See More:
Annona (from Taíno annon) is a genus of flowering plants in the pawpaw/sugar apple family, Annonaceae. The generic name derives from anón, a Hispaniolan Taíno word for the fruit.

Our Annona varieties include Sugar Apples, Red Custard Apple, Soursop, Pond Apple, and Cherimoya fruit trees. 

Shop all of our Annona fruit tree types and varieties.

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