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Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -3
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Annonaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large shrub-small tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires regular water
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full Sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE None
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds & Vegetative

Annona muricata
(Soursop, Dutch Durian, Guanabana, Prickly Custard Apple, graviola, guyabano, babana)

This small tree is easily grown from fresh seeds in moist soil. Germination takes place in a few days. Plant in good soil with organic matter and plenty of drainage, fertilize at regular intervals. Soursop is the most popular of the Annona genus, likely because it doesn't require hand pollination as most other genus members require. It sets fruit multiple times a year. This tree has medical uses ranging from anti-cancer to scabies to diarrhea to anxiety. Many parts of the tree has been used since ancient times. Today scientists have found 212 medicinal benefits using different parts of the tree and preparations. The seeds are the only inedible part of the tree as they are poisonous.

Plant Uses

  • Medicinal
  • Edible

Dangers

None