Phyllanthus distichus, Cicca acida, Cicca disticha L.
Native to Madagascar, but was spread long ago by humans to India, southeast Asia, and some Pacific islands.
Tahitian Gooseberry Tree
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family).
You are bidding on * live starter plant seedlings with vigorous root systems * inches tall with * leaves born and growing in a
small container for ease of transplant.
This is a curious and ornamental shrub or tree, 6 to 40 ft high, with
spreading, dense, bushy crown of thick, rough, main branches, in general
aspect resembling the Bilimbi.
tree, which has obvious ornamental features, can withstand very slight
frosts of about 30°F (-1°C), provided the growing season is warm and long.
This fruit has several ribs and is about 1-2 in (1.25-2.5 cm) wide. It has a
white-yellow flesh, and has a waxy aspect. The flesh is juicy and very acidic. The Tahitian gooseberry is thus seldom eaten fresh, but is rather
eaten cooked or is preserved. It can also be transformed into various sauces, juices, syrups and other beverages.
This tree bears numerous small pink flowers, which are grouped in clusters.
photo of similar item
Male and female flowers are borne on the same tree. Small white to slightly yellow colored
fruit borne in great abundance, with a crunchy, juicy, acidic flavored pulp.
Height: 10ft to over 40 ft. (3-12 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Red
Foliage: Evergreen, Shiny/Glossy-Textured
This tree grows on a wide range of soils but prefers rather moist sites.
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings.
Tahitian gooseberry is a small tropical tree with ovate pointed leaves that grows up to 50 feet tall.
Tahitian gooseberry bears fruit in abundance on the branches.
This deciduous tree prefers a sunny location and regular watering. It bears green fruit (yellow flesh) after the red flowers are finished blooming.
The fruit is the size of a concord grape. The edible fruit is actually somewhat tart.
Reddish flowers are followed by pale-yellow waxy fruit, 3/4 - 1" thick and is 6-8
ridged; in the center is a hard stone containing 4-6 seeds. The yellow fruit
of the Tahitian gooseberry is edible and tastes sour. The tart flesh is used as a flavoring or made into jelly in Suriname
Tahitian gooseberry is one of the few
members of the Euphorbiaceae family that has edible fruit.
The fruit is called "Groselha" in
Puerto Rico and Colombia.
Hardiness: The Otaheite Gooseberry is tropical or subtropical and can take
several degrees of frost for brief periods of time.
Growing Environment: The trees generally prefer moist soil. There are often two fruiting cycles per year
and depending on the climate, trees may produce off and on throughout the year.
Propagation: By seed, which may bear in 4 years, or by budding, greenwood cuttings, and air-layering.
Tahitian gooseberry is a curious intermediary between shrubs and tree, reaching 2 to 9 m (6½ to
30 ft) high. The tree's dense and bushy crown is composed of thick, tough main branches, at the end of which are clusters of deciduous, greenish,
15-to-30-cm long branches. The branches bear alternate leaves that are ovate or lanceolate in form, with short petioles and pointed ends. The leaves are
2-7.5 cm long and thin, they are green and smooth on the upper side and blue-green on the underside. In general, the Otaheite gooseberry very much
looks like the Belimbi tree.
flowers can be male, female or hermaphrodite. They are small and pinkish and appear in clusters in 5-to-12.5-cm long panicles. Flowers are formed at
leafless parts of the main branches, at the upper part of the tree. The fruits are numerous, oblate, with 6 to 8 ribs, develop so densely that they
actually form spectacular masses. They are pale yellow or white, waxy, crisp and juicy, and very sour. It has only one seed in each fruit.
The Otaheite gooseberry prefers moist soil. Although it usually grows from seeds, the tree can also be multiplied
from budding, greenwood cuttings or air-layers. It bears two crops per year in South India: one in April-May and the other in August-September. Elsewhere,
it is mainly harvested in January. This tree is resistant enough to fruit in Tampa. Seedlings will produce a substantial crop in 4 years. No fruit is borne
in greater abundance than the crisp, sour, pale-yellow Otaheite gooseberry.
The juice can be used in beverage, or the fruit pickled in sugar. It can also be salted. When cooked with plenty of sugar,
the fruit turns ruby red and produces a kind of jelly, which is called mứt chùm ruột in Vietnamese.
Uses: Often the fruit is cooked with sugar, upon which the pulp and juice turns bright red. Common uses for the
resulting fruit mixture are to prepare beverages or use as a sauce.
Since the fruit is tart, it is often eaten in "Dulce de Grosellas". The preparation of this dessert consist in
simmering the berries with sugar until they are soft and turn red in color. The liquid from the cooking is also used as a beverage. In Colombia it is most
commonly eaten raw with salt.
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When you receive your seeds, you have only 7 days to make any claim. Once planted, seeds can NOT be returned
and no refund is offered. All seed sales are final. There are no germination guarantees.
Seller warrants seed to be of the variety and quantity advertised. Safe delivery is guaranteed and seeds lost or damaged during shipment will be
replaced at seller's expense. Claims must be made within 7 days of shipment. All other replacements, refunds, returns and exchanges will be
made at the sole discretion of the seller.
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..