Star Fruit 'Fwang Tung' (Averrhoa carambola)

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Carambola, commonly known as Star Fruit for it's crisp star-shaped fruit, is a fast-growing, heavy producing tropical fruit tree. The Fwang Tung is a Thai Carambola cultivar known for being an especially prolific producer with very large, very pronounced star-shaped fruit. Fwang Tung fruit is especially sweet with a delicious grape-like flavor.  

Carambola produces prolific and gorgeous, pink, purple, and white flowers. These flowers stem off of woody branches, and bear a lot of fruit in the summer and fall. The bright yellow fruit is naturally waxy and each fruit is about 4-6" long.  The flavor is similar to a sweet-tart blend of green apple, pear, grape, and citrus.

Plant Type
Tropical / Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season
Winter, Spring, Year-round
Carambola will bloom and fruit throughout most of the year, but will prominently flower from late Spring to Fall and fruit Winter through Spring.

Mature Size
7-30 ft

Soil & Moisture
Well-drained, high fertility and good moisture-holding capacity; High nitrogen demands. Regular watering throughout the first year and throughout flowering and fruiting season.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Prefers part shade or filtered light but will thrive in a variety of light conditions from full sun to shade.

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Medium 

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+
Star Fruit is easy to grow in a container and can thrive in a large pot. In the colder months, until well-established, Star Fruit trees may lose their leaves, so they could be overwintered indoors if temperatures reach below freezing.  Prune Carambola trees in late winter.

Propagation
Grafted and ready to produce within 1-2 years.

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Mature Carambola trees can produce 200 to 400 pounds of fruit per year! Star Fruit is rich source of dietary fibers, vitamins C, B2, B6 and B9 and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, zinc and iron.

Large amounts of Star Fruit probably shouldn't be consumed by people with kidney issues due to the presence of oxalic acid (or oxalate) in this fruit. Oxalic acid is a naturally occurring in some fruits and vegetables (like Spinach).

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