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Jackfruit is a large handsome tree that can reach 70 feet in height, but in cultivation is typically much smaller. It has a straight trunk with an irregular to rounded moderately dense crown. Leaves are dark green, glossy, leathery, oblong to elliptical in shape, 4 – 6 inches long. And, flowers are borne on the trunk (cauliflory), in flower heads of male and female blooms, 1 – 4 x 1 inches. Fruits are the largest borne on trees, up to 36 x 20 inches and weighing up to 80 pounds. All parts of the tree contain a sticky latex.
The exterior is green and warty, the interior contains an edible yellow pulp and large light brown edible (1 x 3/4 inches) seeds. Jackfruits are a common home garden tree in the tropics and the fruits have wide use in asian culture. Seeds are used for propagation. Jackfruit wood has numerous uses. In cultivation, jackfruit prefers deep rich soils, well drained and loose textured. As an ornamental, it is suitable for larger gardens and parks as an attractive foliage and unusal showy fruit tree.