Artocarpus Heterophyllus – Jackfruit

Jackfruit

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Description

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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.

 

Additional information

Common Name

Jackfruit

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Origin

Southwest Asia

Flowering Season

Continous

Salt Tolerance

Moderate Salt Tolerance

Growth Rate

Medium to Fast Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun or Partial Shade

Flower Color

Inconspicous

Shape

Canopy

Plant Type

Evergreen

Gallons

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