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Scientific Name: Nephelium lappaceum L.
Family: Sapindaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-11

Frost Tolerance: Very tender, container only in Phoenix, foliage damaged at 36 F (2 C), serious damage at 32 F (0 C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Malaysia

Growth Habits: Evergreen tree to 40 feet tall (12 m)

Watering Needs: Abundant water


This native of Malaysia is a large, handsome, spreading tree with compound leaves.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
Large clusters of edible, red or orange-yellow fruits are borne at the tips of the branches in the summer months. The ovoid fruits are about the size of a hen's egg and have long, soft, fleshy spines covering the surface. The edible portion is the layer of white, melting, subacid pulp that surrounds the rather large seed. In some varieties, the pulp is attached to the seed, in others it is free.

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