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The Annona Glabra (Pond Apple) has a preference for a swampy habitat of fresh or brackish water, hence its Common name. It is native to south Florida but may have arrived naturally from tropical America.
It is a medium-sized tree or large shrub of varied height and spread. Depending upon the site; it may reach 30 to 40 feet (12.19 m) in height and 10 to 20 feet (6.1 m) spread. Pond Apple is related to the sweetsop, soursop, and custard apple. They are all grown in the tropics for fruit.
Annona Glabra (Pond Apple) is deciduous or semi-deciduous, bearing simple, glossy, leathery dark green leaves. The leaves are 4 to 8 inches (20.32 cm) by 2 to 4 inches (10.16 cm). As a result, leaf replacement is rapid and initiates flowering. Crushed leaves emit an Annona fragrance, often used to confirm identification.
Furthermore, the light gray to reddish-brown bark is variable, smooth to deeply fissured. Additionally, the white to greenish-yellow flowers, are night-blooming and fragrant, attracting beetle pollinators. While, the flesh aromatic fruits are smooth, oblong to elliptical, 3 to 5 inches (12.7 cm) by 2.5 to 3.5 inches long. The fruit is not palatable to humans but is instead eaten by wildlife. Fruit rot is a major potential problem.