image description

Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

image description

Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

image description

Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

PRINT DETAILS

QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE 1
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Moraceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires regular water
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Moderately salt tolerant
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Vegetative (grafting or layering)

Artocarpus heterophyllus
(jackfruit )

Native to the rainforests in India, jackfruit thrives in fertile valleys with moist, well-drained soil. Jackfruit is the world’s largest edible fruit which is born off the trunk. Edible seeds are boiled for a tasty treat, a vegetarian replacement for kalua pork can be made when shredded seeds are flavored with BBQ sauce. The outer seed covering resembles juicy fruit with a firm texture, although the taste is not enjoyed by all. The yellowish wood is valued by woodworkers and can be used for timber. Jackfruit was introduced to Hawaii from Jamaica in 1885 and has been cultivated here ever since. Sow fresh seeds in moist soil, germination takes place within a few weeks. Offspring will be identical to the parent as jackfruit is true to seed. New trees are also produced by air layering. In general, jackfruit is an easy tree to grow, low-maintenance tree.

Plant Uses

  • Specimen
  • Medicinal
  • Cultural significance
  • Edible

Dangers

None