Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa)

Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa)

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
4 Reviews
Regular price $24.95
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The small to medium-sized fruit tree is indigenous to South Africa. The green grapefruit-sized fruit is round with a very thick woody skin, changing to a warm yellow color as it ripens.  It needs to be whacked pretty hard (think coconuts) to be opened, but it's totally worth it!  Inside, the thick yellow creamy pulp has a strong and sweet aroma with a SUPREME FLAVOR.  African Monkey Orange fruit tastes just like bubble gum and cream soda!  It's pretty cool.  Due to the thick skin, this fruit has an incredible shelf life.  

Monkey Orange trees have various traditional and medicinal uses in their native regions. The wood of can be used for carving and timber; the bark, root or unripe fruit may be used as an anti-venom (due to the possible presence of strychnine). A poultice of the leaves may also be used as a natural insecticide against aphids and scale insects, and so on.

This tropical deciduous fruit tree really blew our minds when we stumbled across it in an old rare fruit park in our hometown. A friend had mentioned there was a really unique fruit tree in the area so we went out on the hunt.  At first, it's attractive growth pattern and glossy flaky bark caught our attention. And then we saw the fruit everywhere! All over the tree and ripe fallen fruit resting in it's shade.

Plant Type: 
Deciduous tropical fruit tree

Harvest Season: 
Spring-Summer, Fall-Winter

Mature Size: 
Height 5-25 ft, up to 10 ft spread

Soil & Moisture: 
Well-draining, sandy soil

Light Requirements: 
Full sun, Part shade


Growth Rate: 

Zone Hardiness:
9-11, Sensitive to frost

Our Monkey Orange Plant is grown from seed and is capable of fruiting within 4 years. 

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 4 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 3 Total 4 star reviews: 1 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
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4 reviews
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 minutes ago
    5 Stars

    Arrived in good shape!

  • E
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    I recommend this product
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    9 months ago
    Healthy tree arrived safely

    I've never ordered a tree online before . I ordered it as a gift for a friend's food forest. It took awhile to ship, however once shipped it arrived quickly and in excellent condition. It's so awesome that I could get a species exclusive to a completely different part of the world introduced to our Sonoran Desert Ecosystem. Thank you for offering this service!

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    I recommend this product
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    4 Stars

    smaller than expected

  • AB
    angela b.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Hard to find and great price

    Healthy little plant. Left it in partial shade for about 2 weeks, then replanted in larger pot because it already showed signs of new growth. Will leave in this pot until next year-can't wait to see how it does!

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