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Chrysobalanus icaco

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Belonging to the Chrysobalanus genus, Coco Plum has a botanical name of Chrysobalanus icaco.

Cocoplum grows mainly in the coastal dunes and inland swamps, edges of canals, moist forests in South Florida. In the Caribbean there is a tiny island named after this fruit.1 Icacos is a cay, named after this fruit, off the east coast of Puerto Rico. The variety grown there is pink and delicious. The skin and pulp are both edible.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Anti-flash white. The mature flowers are of a clustered form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Hansa yellow.

A type of flowering edible fruit / ornamental, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+).

Normally grows with a bushy habit.

Coco Plum is a great plant to attract birds to your garden.

United States is believed to be where Coco Plum originates from.

Coco Plum needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Coco Plum have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Coco Plum

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Coco Plum likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. The USDA Zones typically associated with Coco Plum are Zone 10 and Zone 12. Keep in mind when planting that Coco Plum is thought of as tender, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors.

See our list of companion Plants for Coco Plum to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Coco Plum from seed

Transplanting Coco Plum

As Coco Plum is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

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Coco Plum Folklore & Trivia

The inner kernel (the seed inside the shell) is also edible. Use a hammer to open the hard seed or another instrument as it is very hard. In the Caribbean it is quite common to make jelly from the fruit.1

Other names for Coco Plum

Paradise plum

Chrysobalanus icaco L.

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