DILLENIA INDICA L. - ELEPHANT APPLE.|
Chulta, hondapara tree, elephant apple.
Originally from Indonesia, this evergreen tropical tree is also growing in Suriname, up to 60 feet tall.
Chulta is a spreading tree and has beautiful white fragrant flowers, toothed leaves and globose fruits with small brown seeds.
The greenish-yellow fruit, which has a thick protective covering, is edible; unripe fruits are cooked to make pickle and chutney.
The juicy pulp is aromatic but very acid.
USDA zone 9 B - 11.
Seeds and cuttings.
Full sun / light shade, moist soil, pH 5.5 - 7.0.
Elephant apple tree can be used as an ornamental tree.
Protect from frost or plant in frost free areas.
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