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How To Grow Ambarella Fruit Trees?

ambarella fruit tree

The Ambarella fruit, scientifically known as Spondias dulcis, originates from Indonesia and Malaysia. The bark of the tree is light greyish and brown and smooth. The tree grows whitish flowers. To cultivate bigger and healthier fruit you can cut the flowers in half.

This plant is adapted to the hot, lowland tropics. The tree’s fruiting season is almost all year long. The fruit has a sweet yet spicy taste and it can be eaten unripe or ripe. When the fruit is unripe, it tastes sour. The fruit of this tree can help regulate blood sugar levels.

Ambarella fruit contains phosphorus and calcium which will help keep your teeth and bones strong and healthy. The fruit is colored at first green and then turns golden-yellow. The flavor and fragrance can be pineapple-like. The common name would be ambarella but there are many other names, such as dwarf golden plum, makok faring, and kedongdong. 

How To Grow?

Ambarella Fruit tree can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness zones 9-11. Ambarella fruit tree likes moist soil and humidity. The temperature should be kept above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celcius) at all times. Ambarella fruit tree does not prefer windy areas.

ambarella fruit
Ambarella fruit


The Ambarella trees will tolerate drought when they mature. However, they will produce more fruit if watered adequately. Young fruit trees must be watered more frequently, until they are about three years old. If you are growing the tree in a container the watering can be done manually with a hose or by using drip irrigation.


The Ambarella fruit grows well in full or in partial shade. This fruit tree needs to get three to four hours of sunlight a day. Getting too much sun or having too harsh sun can cause sunburn. To avoid this you can cover the tree with a light shade-cloth.

Soil & Fertilizer

This fruit tree will grow great in any well-draining soil. The soil should have a pH level of 5.5 – 7.5, meaning acidic to slightly alkaline. A great soil to use would be sandy soil. You should fertilize the plant two to four times a year. Fertilizing the plant with small amounts will help with the growth and with a better crop. 


Ambarella fruit trees can be propagated via stem cuttings or using seeds:

  • Plant the seed into the appropriate soil.
  • Water the soil in which the seed is planted accordingly.
  • The seed will start to germinate within one month.


You should repot this fruit tree every time you notice that the roots are coming out of the pot’s drainage holes. Make sure, when repotting, to get rid of the old dirt and size up one size for your new pot. 


To stimulate new growth you should definitely prune this tree. Pruning should be done during heavy frost, when branches may die back. Pruning should be done in early spring for the best results.

Pruning is done to remove any damaged or diseased parts of the tree. Pruning should also be done to avoid diseases and fruit flies. 


The most common disease would be sooty mold. Keep an eye on your fruit tree to spot the diseases early for easy removal. This mold can be easily removed before it develops into something more by wiping it or washing it off the fruit. 


The most common pests you might have to deal with include scales, thrips, mites, and fruit flies. The fruit of This tree is quite sensitive to pests so keep an eye on your tree to spot the pests early for easy and safe removal. 

Fruit Consumption

The fruits of the Ambarella tree are tasty and highly nutritious. You can make juice, jams, jellies, and smoothies from these delicious fruits. To reduce the bitterness of the fruit can be diverse by eating them with chili powder and salt. To make delicious chips from these fruits you can bake small thin parts of the fruit. 

Last Thoughts

Ambarella fruit tree will be a joy to grow and maintain because it will bless you with fruits and a beautiful site almost all year long. You will benefit from consuming this plant’s fruit because they’re packed full of helpful vitamins. This fruit tree is quite common in home gardens in South East Asian countries. This tree can feed you for many years yet to come. 

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