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Diospyros blancoi, Mabolo, Temburini - Plant

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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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Diospyros blancoi, Mabolo, Temburini Plant

Description for Diospyros blancoi, Mabolo, Temburini

Plant height: 18 - 28 inches
Plant spread: 4 - 8 inches

Mabolo is a medium-sized tree growing to a height of 20 meters.Leaves are leathery. The blade is glossy green, smooth above and softly hairy below. A rather slow growing tree.

Its edible fruit has a skin covered in a fine, velvety fur which is usually reddish-brown. 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(s): Velvet apple, velvet persimmon, mabola tree, butter Fruit
Flower colours: Cream, Off-White to White
Bloom time: Late Spring and Summer
Max reachable height: Up to 20 m
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow

Planting and care

It is a dioecious tropical perennial tree that grows well in a diversity of soil. It needs a good distribution of rainfall through the year.

Sunlight: Full sun
Soil: Moist loamy soil
Water: Less. Water well during dry periods.
Temperature: 22 to 30 degrees C
Fertilizer: Feed twice yearly with any organic fertilizer.

Caring for Diospyros blancoi

    Water regularly, do not over water.



Typical uses of Diospyros blancoi

Special features: Evergreen tree

Culinary use:

  • Fruit is edible, the tannin content declining as it ripens
  • A good source of vitamins A, C, and minerals.
  • Ornamental use: It is suitable for growing in parks, gardens and along roads for its attractive conical, dense crown and reddish brown velvety fruits.

    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.

    Note: Please consult your health expert.



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    4 / 5 Shreyapiki Ritu 29 June 2018
    Plants are alive but flowers have not come out as yet.
    5 / 5 Archana Nani 29 June 2018
    Received in good condition. Liked them very much!
    5 / 5 Rohit Hembrom 24 June 2018
    Easy plant to grow quickly and provide the rooms with a colourful leaf display
    5 / 5 deepa 18 June 2018
    Good quality they all grow nicely?
    4 / 5 Joshi Prisy 18 June 2018
    Quick delivery, good price


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