Custard Apple, Red (Annona reticulata)

Custard Apple, Red (Annona reticulata)

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars
6 Reviews
Regular price $24.95
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Our Red Custard Apples are 3-5 ft tall and capable of producing fruit within 1 year! 

Red Custard Apple (Annona reticulata), also known as Bull's Heart due to its heart-shaped appearance, is a distinctive tropical fruit tree renowned for its deliciously sweet and aromatic fruit. The tree itself is moderately sized, making it suitable for a range of garden spaces, and is characterized by its glossy, green leaves and fragrant, creamy-yellow flowers. The fruit's skin is uniquely reticulated, with a reddish-brown hue when ripe, and the flesh inside is creamy, white to light yellow, and filled with a pleasant, custard-like texture.

It is native to the West Indies, Central America, and South Mexico, and a cultivated crop from southern Mexico to Peru and Brazil.  This variety thrives in warm, tropical to subtropical climates, requiring well-drained soil and regular watering to ensure healthy growth and bountiful fruit production. When fully mature, the fruit can be enjoyed fresh, used in desserts, or blended into smoothies and shakes for a refreshing treat.

For healthy growth of your Red Custard Apple tree, plant it in a sunny to partly shaded spot with well-draining soil. Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball but not deeper, to encourage root spread without deep burial. Water regularly, letting the soil dry slightly between waterings, and fertilize with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer during growth periods. Minimal pruning is needed; just remove dead or overlapping branches to improve air flow and shape. Proper care will ensure your tree thrives and bears fruit effectively.

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


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.

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.

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars
Based on 6 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 4 Total 4 star reviews: 1 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 1
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  • T Profile picture for Tory
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    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 1-5
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 months ago
    Long time Coming

    Bought this beauty last summer. We’ve been through a lot in such a short time together. Hopefully this is the year we see fruit. I can’t wait, but then again I’m patiently waiting…🤔

  • J
    I do not recommend this product
    Rated 1 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    1 Star

    After unboxing, I discovered half of the soil just at the root crown missing and a tree with small shrunken and curled leaves. It was obvious that this particular plant needed some rehab prior to being sold and was not tended to. For the price I paid I should’ve got a healthy plant. SMH

  • A
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 months ago
    5 Stars

    arrived in great condition. didn’t have any leaves but shortly after planting it in the ground it has tons of new leaf growth and is a very health tree. excited to get fruit!

  • J
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    6 months ago
    5 Stars

    Growing fast and healthy after 8 months

  • G
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    11 months ago
    5 Stars

    The tree arrived In awsome condition was very well packaged and plant was healthy will definitely buy from this company again

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