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~MABOLO~ Velvet Apple Fruit Tree Diospyros blancoi LIVE RARE SEEDLING

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Diospyros blancoi


Ebenaceae (ebony family)


 Native to the Philippine Islands

 Velvet Apple
Diospyros blancoi

Synonym: Diospyros discolor

Mabolo is a very beautiful dark red to purple colored fruit with velvet-like skin. In fact the word, “Mabolo� in the Philippine language means “hairy�. So the name “Mabolo� has been assigned to it because of its hairy surface. Mabolo is higly esteemed locally but is virtually unknown in other parts of the world.

Diospyros blancoi

You are bidding on * live seedlings with vigorous root systems * inches tall with * leaves born and growing in a peat plug for ease of transplant.

Diospyros blancoi




Kamagong, Mabolo (both in Philippines), Butter fruit (Singapore) or Velvet Apple (scientific name: Diospyros blancoi) is a plant of the genus of ebony trees and persimmons, Diospyros.

Its edible fruit has a skin covered in a fine, velvety fur which is usually reddish-brown, and soft, creamy, pink flesh, with a taste and aroma comparable to fruit cream cheese (the aroma of the fruit itself, however, is unpleasant, comparable to rotten cheese or cat feces; inspiring names like the French "Caca de Chat" in Reunion).

Native to the Philippines, where Kamagong usually refers to the entire tree, and Mabolo is applied to the fruit. It is also found in the Micronesian Islands of Palau, known as Matib (Palauan). Velvet apple trees rarely found in Sri Lanka too.




 Velvet Apple
Diospyros blancoi 

Mabolo is indigenous to the Philippines. It is a plant of very common occurrence there and is widely distributed in primary and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes. Besides Philippines, it is also distributed in Taiwan. It is cultivated in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Java, and other tropical countries. It is usually cultivated as a backyard plant. It has been introduced into other tropical countries.

Fruits are usually eaten fresh out of hand. These are also used in salads and desserts. These taste rather sweet but are quite dry. The flesh can also be diced and combined with that of other fruits in salads.

The fruit has 60-73% edible portion which contains, per 100 g: water 83.0-84.3 g, protein 2.8 g, fat 0.2 g, carbohydrates 11.8 g, fibre 1.8 g, ash 0.4-0.6 g, calcium 46 mg, phosphorus 18 mg, iron 0.6 mg, vitamin A 35 IU, thiamine 0.02 mg, riboflavin and niacin 0.03 mg, vitamin C 18 mg. The energy value averages 332 kJ/100 g.

The tree is often planted for its rather sweet but dry edible fruits, and also as a roadside tree. Mabolo is a very productive fruit tree.

Diospyros blancoi

Diospyros blancoi Diospyros blancoi

A dioecious, evergreen tree, 7-15 m tall; trunk 50-80cm diameter; Leaves alternate, oblong, 8-30 cm x 2.5-12 cm, entire, base usually rounded, apex pointed, coriaceous; upper surface dark-green, shiny, glabrous, lower surface silvery hairy; young leaves pale-green to pinkish, silky-hairy; petiole up to 1.7 cm long.

Male flowers in 3-7 flowered axillary cymes; pedicel short; calyx tubular but deeply 4 lobed, about 1 cm long; corolla slightly larger than calyx, tubular, 4-lobed, creamy-white; stamens 24-30, united in pairs at base; female flowers solitary, axillary, subsessile, slightly larger than male flowers, with 4-5(8-10) staminodes.

Fruit a globose or depressed-globose berry, 5-12 cm x 8-10 cm, velvety, brown-reddish, capped at base with the persistent stiff calyx; skin thin, densely coated with short golden-brown hairs, emanating a strong, cheese-like odour; flesh whitish, firm, rather dry, sweet, astringent, aromatic.

Seeds 0-10, wedge-shaped, up to 4 cm x 2.5 cm x 1.5 cm, brown.

Height: over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color: Cream/Tan

Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage: Leathery-Textured

Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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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. Non-paying bidders may receive negative feedback and will be reported as an unpaid item to eBay.


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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.

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My stores' combined shipping is built in for same items rather than a varied selection. Domestic S/H 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 is 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, 2-3 days 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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