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Diospyros blancoi, Mabolo, Temburini – Plant – DBM-263601


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Velvet apple is a rather slow-growing, evergreen tree. It varies in habit from a small, straggly tree with drooping branches.
Mabolo is a medium-sized tree growing to a height of 20 meters.Leaves are leathery.The blade is glossy green, smooth above and softly hairy below. A rather slow growing tree. Its edible fruit has a skin covered in a fine, velvety fur which is usually reddish-brown. The pulp is edible. The fruit hairs have to be rubbed off before eating as it can cause peri-oral itching and irritation.Plant Specifications

Plant Height
23 inch (58 cm)

Plant Spread
6 inch (15 cm)

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%

Common Name
Velvet apple, velvet persimmon, mabola tree, butter Fruit

Maximum Reachable Height
Up to 20 m

Flower Colour
Cream, Off-White to White

Bloom Time
Late Spring and Summer

Difficulty Level
Easy to grow

Planting and careWater regularly, do not over water.Diospyros blancoi careIt is a dioecious tropical perennial tree that grows well in a diversity of soil. It needs a good distribution of rainfall through the year.

Full sun

Less. Water well during dry periods.

Moist loamy soil

22 to 30 degrees C

Feed twice yearly with any organic fertilizer.

Diospyros blancoi special featureEvergreen treeDiospyros blancoi uses
Ornamental Use:
It is suitable for growing in parks, gardens and along roads for its attractive conical, dense crown and reddish brown velvety fruits
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
Note: Please consult your health expert

Culinary Use:
Fruit is edible, the tannin content declining as it ripensA good source of vitamins A, C, and minerals


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