The acquisition and introduction of Asian tropical fruit with potential for south Florida

Richard J. Campbell, Noris Ledesma


Asian tropical fruit, such as the durian (Durio zibethinus Murray), mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.) and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum L.) have long been identified as potential tree fruit for the Western Hemisphere. Yet, for these and other lesser-known fruit of Asian origin, acceptance and commercial development in this hemisphere has been limited. The majority of these fruit are poorly adapted to South Florida's climatic and edaphic conditions, making them ill-suited for conventional orchard production. However, with the continuing development of the ornamental and estate agriculture in South Florida, there are many species that can be introduced and horticulturally managed to fill this niche. We have identified, acquired, introduced and begun investigation on several Garcinia, Artocarpus and Mangifera species at Fairchild Tropical Garden. With the superior genetic resources and the application of novel horticultural techniques, we hope to adapt these species for use in estate agriculture and as ornamentals in South Florida.


garcinia prainiana; garcinia hombroniana; garcinia parvifolia; artocarpus odoratissimus; mangifera griffithii; mangifera odorata; mangifera pajang

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283