The mangosteen is a tropical tree that provides very good shade and also produces fruits that are edible, with a flavor similar to that of citrus fruits. Its scientific name is Garcinia mangostana , and it grows in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia.
Although, due to its origin, it cannot be grown outdoors in cold climates, it is a very interesting plant if you live in an area where frost does not occur.
- 1 Characteristics of mangosteen
- 2 How do you take care of yourself?
Characteristics of mangosteen
It is an evergreen tree that grows between 7 and 25 meters high, with a crown that can measure between 4 and 6m. Its foliage is very dense, with large, oval, opposite leaves. The fruit has an exocarp (bark or shell) that is purple when ripe; inside is the edible meat, the aril, which is white.
Its growth rate is medium-fast, so if you are looking for a plant that gives you shade and fruits, and you live in an area with a mild climate, the mangosteen may be one of your best options .
How is it taken care of?
To have a specimen (or several) of this precious tree, the following care must be provided:
- Location : outside, in full sun or partial shade.
- Watering : frequent, 3-4 times a week.
- Fertilizer : during the warmer months, it is advisable to fertilize with liquid organic fertilizers, such as guano.
- Transplantation : whether you want to move to the garden or to a larger pot -which must be done every two years- you have to wait for spring.
- Pruning : not necessary. However, it is advisable to cut dry, weak and/or diseased branches.
- Rusticity : it is very sensitive to cold. Temperatures below 4ºC can kill an adult tree.