Diospyros Blancoi, Mabolo, Temburini - Plant
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||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Velvet Apple, Mabolo tree||Cream/Tan||Late Spring/Early Summer/Mid Summer||50-100ft.||Easy to grow.|
Planting and care
Seed-it has a very short viability and so should be sown as soon as possible.The flesh should be removed since this contains germination inhibitors.
Sow the seed in a shady position in a nursery seedbed.
The sowing media for ebony uses soil and fine sand at the ratio 3:1. The seed is planted horizontally or vertically with the radicle end down, with a sowing depth of 1 - 1Â½ times the thickness of seed.
Distance between the seeds is 3 - 5cm. Seeds are very sensitive to desiccation during germination and early growth, so must be regularly watered at this time.Normally the seed will germinate after one week. In one trial, fresh seed, sown one day after collection, showed 85% germination rate within 17 - 65 days.
|Full sun.||Succeeding on almost any soil and requiring very little attention||Water well during dry periods.||-||Feed twice yearly with any organic fertilizer.|
- Average Water Needs; Water regularly, do not over water.
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.
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.