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"GOURKA" FRUIT Tree Himalayan Garcinia xanthochymus LIVE RARE Seedling Gamboge

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Garcinia xanthochymus



Garcinia Xanthochymus

Origin: India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia

Family: Guttiferae

AKA: Yellow Mangosteen, Himalayan Garcinia, false Mangosteen, Garcinia tinctoria, Gamboge  



You are bidding on * bare root seedlings with vigorous root systems * inches tall with * leaves born and grown in Hawaii.




 Garcinia Xanthochymus


Garcinia xanthochymus, Clusiaceae, Gourka.

Growth Habits: Tree up to 20 feet tall (6 m)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Seeds, air layering

USDA Zone: 10


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Garcinia (Laurence Garcin, who lived and collected in India, and wrote in the eighteenth century) so called in honor of Dr. Garcin.

      A cone-shaped tree native to India to Malaya, with drooping branches and smooth-skinned, edible, yellow (when ripe)  fruit to 3 inches in diameter.   The sour pulp of the fruit is yellow and juicy.  Unripe fruits provide an inferior gamboge paint.  The bark yields a black dye used for cotton.

       A medium-size tree with an upright growth habit and a cone-shaped canopy. The leaves are shiny green, reddish when young, and make a lovely ornamental. The fruit is yellow, thin-skinned and smooth. The soft yellow flesh has a butter-like consistency and pleasant acid flavor. It's fruit can be eaten fresh, served in sherbets or made into fruit paste or butter. Unripe fruit yields a "Gamboge paint"

        This genus, Guttiferae, includes the Mangosteen, which is declared by some connoisseurs to be one of the most luscious of all tropical fruits; aka the Gamboge tree, whose resinous juice yields a well-known pigment and purgative.

   Garcinia xanthochymus is an excellent landscape tree of slow growth with attractive broad leaves. Fruits are brilliantly colored outside with smooth orange when ripe.

       Garcinia is a polymorphous genus of upward of 150 species in the tropics of Asia, Africa and Polynesia. These species are glabrous trees, usually with a yellow juice: leaves; evergreen, opposite or ternate, simple, often thick: flowers; solitary or fascicled, polygamous or dioecious; sepals and petals 4; many stamens in male flowers., 2- or 3-delphous female flowers with staminodia; ovary 2- to many-celled, with sessile stigma and solitary ovule in each cell.


      Garcinia xanthochymus occurs in the wild, growing in the hills of South India and can also be found widely distributed in the hill forests of the Eastern Himalayas and hence the common name ‘Himalayan Garcinia ‘.

Also known as Garcinia tinctoria, Garcinia xanthochymus is commonly referred via an assortment of names such as the Eggtree, gamboge tree, sour mangosteen, Himalayan garcinia and false mangosteen.


Garcinia xanthochymus is a close relative of the tree that bears the common edible mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) which has been crowned the ‘Queen’ of tropical fruits.

This tree grows very vigorously and can adapt to a variety of soil types. Garcinia xanthochymus is a heavy bearer and sometimes even bears two crops a year. The tree comes into bearing after 4-5 years. It prefers sunny locations.

This Garcinia species is rather bushy and adopts a rather attractive, pyramidal growth habit that can be likened to a Christmas tree. Its large leaves are linear in shape, dark green, thick and leathery in texture and they hand down from the stiff branches that extend outwards in all directions from the main trunk. It is a slow-growing tree like many other Garcinia species and can attain a height of 10 m.

Like other species in the same genus, male and female flowers usually occur on separate plants. Garcinia xanthochymus is observed to produce both male flowers and bisexual (hermaphrodite) flowers in clusters. The latter can be distinguished by their longer longer axils. The bisexual flowers apparently self-pollinate so that fruits can form.

Fruits produced by Garcinia xanthochymus are green when young and they turn bright yellow when ripe. They look extremely tempting and are often reported to have a juicy pulp with a pleasant acid flavor and can be eaten out of hand. Inside each fruit, there are two brown, oval-shaped seeds. The fruit has a curved pointed end which makes it look like an inverted tear-drop. Like the common mangosteen, one can find persistent sepals and staminal bundles even on a mature, ripe fruit of Garcinia xanthochymus.


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     All live plants are shipped bare-root wrapped in moist sphagnum moss to ensure the plant’s healthy transit to you. All live plants are Inspected By USDA Plant Inspectors before they are shipped to insure you get healthy pest free plants and seeds.

We ship via USPS Mondays-Wednesday with Delivery confirmation.

  All plant materials are required by LAW to inspected and certified by USDA prior to export Hawaii to the US Mainland.

 After Inspection, USDA stamps released for export Hawaii to the US Mainland. All items are delivered to USDA Inspection Station at Honolulu International airport.

USDA Certification charge is included in Shipping and Handling @ $5 fee per item/species.

There is a packing & custom boxing fee.

Last and usually least is USPS postage (shipping).



         We can ship live plants to the US only. Only Domestic Shipping and Handling includes USDA Certification.

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        We will ship once a week - ON or BEFORE WEDNESDAYS, because of the special stamps needed to ship plants and cuttings to you.  This can only be done at the Dept. of Agriculture.  If payments are not met before that MONDAY, your items will be shipped the following week and lose the combined discount opportunity.

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INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is not included in this offer.   INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ON LIVE PLANTS on a case by case basis.

We will combine shipping for auctions won on the same week paid with same paypal payment.

   This policy is good for auction items bought and paid for in the week ending MONDAY.

Payment must be received within 7 days of the auction ending. 

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     For 2-3 winning auctions, the combined discount is 10% of the total Shipping and Handling charges. For 4-7 winning auctions, the combined discount is 20% of the total Shipping and Handling charges. For 7+ winning auctions, the combined discount is 30% of the total Shipping and Handling charges.


         As each order is packed and prepared separately you will pay the quoted S/H charges individually per item. If you buy the same species in that item it does calculate out the discount (i.e.: additional item $3.61). My stores' combined shipping is built in for same items rather than a varied selection. Includes postage, USDA certification and inspection, proper packing and delivery to Airport for prompt delivery. I can’t really change any of these. If you want one of this and one of that, it gets hard to discount much as each different species requires it's own prep & packing, then at USDA each has to be unwrapped and inspected then repacked. USDA requires me to clean and prepare every last piece before we drive them to the Inspection Station on the other side of the island. It takes my wife and I, a day to pack items and get ready to ship. The whole next day we drive around the island and get inspected (2-3 hours), then drive to the Airport Post Office to drop off. It takes the same work with the same type item if you can understand.


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Not every plant that I order through the mail survives, and I am aware of that and accept the risk when I order. This is the risk that you as the buyer accept, because there is no way to know what kind of conditions it will endure in the trip to your door. My responsibility ends when a live plant is delivered to your door. Live arrival is guaranteed, eternal survival is up to you.

 Do NOT email me a week after potting your plant, and make a claim it arrived damaged. From delivery confirmation, you have only 48 hours from delivery confirmation to make any claim.


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The expense to send it to you is most of your payment. To send any replacement (s), I try to piggy back with your next order.

Replacement is not an option for CUSTOMS SEIZURE.

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  Seed is a live product which depends on many important related grower skills such as proper planting time, seed depth, type of soil, irrigation, proper use of fertilizers, weed controls, fungicides, insecticides, disease free soil, and reasonable weather conditions during the growing period. Germination is affected by such factors as temperature, moisture content, light intensity and contamination of planting media. These factors are totally out of the seller's control and are the buyer's responsibility and risk. Consequentially, the seller cannot unconditionally guarantee seed to perform properly regardless of conditions or the buyer's methods or mistakes.

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