Syn. Spondias cytherea
Common name: June plum
Native to: Melanesia and Polynesia; common in tropical coastal areas worldwide
This fast-growing tree can reach up to 20 m (66 ft) in its native range of Melanesia and Polynesia; however, it usually averages 10–12 m (30–40 ft) in other areas. Spondias dulcis has deciduous, pinnateleaves, 20–60 cm (8–24 in) in length, composed of 9 to 25 glossy, elliptic or obovate-oblong leaflets 9–10 cm (3.5–3.9 in) long, which are finely toothed toward the apex. The tree produces small, inconspicuous white flowers in terminal panicles. Its oval fruits, 6–9 cm (2.4–3.5 in) long, are borne in bunches of 12 or more on a long stalk. Over several weeks, the fruit fall to the ground while still green and hard, then turn golden-yellow as they ripen. The fruit is edible and made into preserves, flavourings, sauces, soups and stews.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun
Flowers: Inconspicuous, white
Growth habit: Upright, open branched
Height: Up to 20 metres / 60 feet
Spread: Up to 4 metres / 12 feet
Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched
Uses: Edible fruit and attractive large pinnate green leaves.