Annona glabra

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Pond-apple, Custard-apple


Plant Specifics

Size:15-30 (48) ft tall by 15-20 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,yellow
Fruit Color:Green
Phenology:Deciduous to semi-deciduous. Blooms mid- to late spring.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


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:Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of frequent or regular inundation (usually areas with tidal inundation)
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Neutral to somewhat calcareous



Bird nesting area and food source. 

Fruit used by mammals such as raccoons.


Larval food source for Giant sphinx (Cocytius antaeus).

Pollinated by beetles.

Native Habitats:Swamps and sloughs

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures



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.

General 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.