Annona Glabra (Pond Apple)

Pond Apple

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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.

Additional information

Common Name

Pond Apple, Alligator Apple

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Origin

Tropical America , West Africa

Flowering Season

Spring

Flower Color

White

Salt Tolerance

Moderate Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Low Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Fast Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Shape

Spreading

Plant Type

Semi-Deciduous

Gallons

25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.