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Diospyros Blancoi, Mabolo, Temburini - Plant

Note: The image is for reference purpose. Actual plant height will be 0.5 to 3ft.
Velvet apple is a rather slow-growing, evergreen tree. It varies in habit from a small, straggly tree with drooping branches.
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Mabolo is a medium-sized tree growing to a height of 20 meters. Leaves are leathery, oblong, up to 20 centimeters long, with a round base and acute tip. The blade is glossy green, smooth above and softly hairy below. A rather slow growing tree, it can take 3 years before seedlings are ready to transplant to their permanent positions. Female flowers are axillary and solitary, larger than the male. Fruits are fleshy, globose, up to 8-10 centimeters in diameter, densely covered with short brown hairs. The pulp is edible. The fruit hairs have to be rubbed off before eating as it can cause peri-oral itching and irritation.

Common name: Velvet Apple, Mabolo tree
Height: 50-100ft.
Difficulty level: Easy.

Planting & Care
Prepare the soil well where you wish to plant your tree. Dig in plenty of organic matter and mulch well.

Sunlight: full sun.

Soil: Soil and requiring very little attention.

Water: Water well during dry periods.

Fertilizer: feed twice yearly with a complete fertilizer.
Medicinal use:
  • A decoction of the young leaves is used as a treatment for hypertension, heart ailments and diabetes.
  • The leaves are heated and squeezed with the leaves of Plectranthus amboinicus to make a preparation that is used to treat chest colds.
  • The bark is astringent, A decoction is used as a treatment for coughs, fevers, dysentery and diarrhoea.

Culinary use:
  • The edible fruits are highly esteemed in some areas, but are barely known in most parts of the world.
  • Some people prefer eating the unripe fruit, being crisp like an apple but juicier and sweeter.

Ornamental use:
  • It is sometimes cultivated for its fruit and wood in the tropics, most commonly as a backyard tree, and is also often used as a shade tree along the sides of roads.

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