Imbe (Garcinia livingstonei)
Imbe (Garcinia livingstonei)
Imbe (Garcinia livingstonei)
Imbe (Garcinia livingstonei)
Imbe (Garcinia livingstonei)

Imbe (Garcinia livingstonei)

Regular price $29.95
15 in stock

Although our love of tropical fruit encompasses a world of unique flavors, few stand out as much as imbe (Garcinia livingstonei, wild mangosteen, low veld mangosteen, mutumbi, mpekechu). This plant is a must-have for any rare tropical fruit hunter. We love collectin rare Garcinia's and Imbe is a very special certified favorite here at Sow Exotic.

Our plants are grown from seed and Imbe are known to fruit prolifically within 6 years of planting. Seedling trees can be either male, female, or self-pollinating hermaphrodite and we advise having multiple plants to increase probability of production.

Imbe is a drought-tolerant evergreen shrub or tree with the potential to grow up to 10-12 ft tall without pruning to its naturally conical shape and about 20 ft in their native range.  Clusters of flowers grow on the axils of the tree’s branches, which give way to plum-shaped, bright orange, acid (yet sweet!) fruit in the early summer. 

The Imbe tree is not particular about growing conditions, native to a variety of climates in Africa. It can be found in scrub, open woodland and forest, along rivers, woodland and even entwined with termite mounds.

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