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Averrhoa carambola/Starfruit, Carambola


Compound leaves

Canopy of a relatively young tree

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Scientific Name: Averrhoa carambola
Common Name: Starfruit, Carambola
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower color: Pink
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Green, Yellow, Orange
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: The Starfruit tree has been grown for hundreds of years in tropical lands for its fruit. The compound leaves fold together at night much like the Mimosa. The star-shaped fruit has an astringent flavor which can be both sweet and sour. Cannot tolerate freezing temperatures but does well in containers. Cannot tolerate dry soils. Keep soils moderately moist at all times.