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Annona purpurea - Soncoya

Rarely cultivated Annona, sought after by collectors for its strong-scented flowers and large good-tasting rounded fruits with unusual hooklike projections. Also used medicinally in Central America and parts of South America. Trees take about 1 to 3 years to bear and can be grown in pots.

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Annona purpurea, a showy fruit

This is a deciduous small tree used for its good-tasting edible fruit and medicinal value. It is native to Central America, and parts of South America. Its common names include soncoya and cabeza de negro. Annona purpurea bears strong-scented flowers and rounded fruits, 15 to 20 centimeters wide, with hooklike projections, covered with a felt-textured brown skin. This species is closely related to the cherimoya, the sugar-apple and other Annonas. The pulp is eaten raw or is strained for juice

Cultivation of Soncoya

Regarding climate, the soncoya is said to require a hot, humid climate, but this is NOT TRUE. It grows and fruit perfectly in the windy and dry canary islands, with cool winters. Trees take about 1 to 3 years to bear fruit and can be grown in pots.

Notice: Soncoya trees sheds leaves in winter, so don't be scared if the tree is naked in the colder months. Our plants are leafless from January to early May.

Cultivation Protected
Plant origin America
Presentation Potted Plant
Max. Size 300cm & more
Botanical family Annonaceae
Light Sun
Minimum winter temperature 0 ºC to 10 ºC
Flowering Season Summer
Plant type Woody
Color Green
Care Pot