Annona glabra

pond-apple, custard-apple

Annonaceae

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 15-30 (48) ft    Width: 15-20 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      white,yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color      green
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Specimen plant or mass planting in wet soils.
Considerations: Fruit litter may be a problem in in small landscapes.
Propagation: Seed, grafting.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Friends
Light: light requirement   light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: neutral to somewhat calcareous

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Bird nesting area and food source. Larval food source for Giant sphinx (Cocytius antaeus).
Native Habitats: Swamps and sloughs

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   10A,10B,11

Other

Ethnobotany: The Seminole Indians used this plant to make a cleaning product and as a food source (fruits). Seeds are said to be toxic. The fruits have been used to make jelly and custard. Major pond apple forests along the southern rim of Lake Okeechobee were destroyed for agriculture early in the 20th century.
Other Comments: In Australia, pond apple is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.