Annona squamosa
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Annona squamosa

sugar apple
custard apple

  family annonaceae 
  genus annona 

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Genus  Annona Species  squamosa Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sugar apple   sharifa   custard apple Family  ANNONACEAE Specimen number  S9264 Data source  GrUnFr p102;MedPl p167
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  15' - 20' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Above 40� F AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This very tender plant can only survive nighttime temperatures of 40� Fahrenheit.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antidiarrheal   antidysenteric Medicinal parts  Leaves   Bark   Fruit   Seeds Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is 2 to 3 inches heart-shaped with yellowish green carpels separating to reveal the white flesh. It has a custard-like taste that is heavily sweet and slightly acidic. Annona squamosa is most often used fresh. Sugar apple (sometimes called sharifa and custard apple) is thought to have beneficial uses as either an antidiarrheal or an antidysenteric. This plant should only be used under professional guidance. The leaves as well as the bark and the fruit and the seeds are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts 2 to 3 inches heart-shaped with yellowish green carpels separating to reveal the white flesh Flavor / texture  has a custard-like taste that is heavily sweet and slightly acidic
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Annona squamosa to produce fruit. Sugar apple (in some places called sharifa and custard apple) is typically propagated by seed. This plant probably originates from Tropical South America.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Annona squamosa is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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