Have you tried Star Fruit lately?
Many years ago Carambola/Star Fruit was generally of poor quality and with a quite tart or sour flavor. Most Americans did not like it very much. Fast forward and here we are with some amazing sweet crispy varieties. We enjoy the juicy crisp sweet flavor of Sri Kenbangan and Kary.
These are excellent grafted varieties. Star Fruit can be juiced and is even better when combined with the pulp of fresh picked Acerola. The amazing pink drink is refreshing and packed with vitamin C and loads of antioxidants. Try some from a named variety and start growing in your backyard.
Prepare to be to be amazed!
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Grafted varieties are the best Carambola trees.
The fruit is also known as Star Fruit or Five Fingers.
Fwan Tung, Sri Kembangan, Kary
CARAMBOLA SHRIMP SALAD
Small evergreen tree; symmetrical shape
Fast if in a location protected from winds
Relatively long-lived; 10 year old trees bear heavy crops
Trunk and branches
Single or may be multi-trunked
Pruning to maintain tree at about 8-10 ft
Evergreen, compound 6-12 in. Arranged alternately on branches with 5-12 leaflets
Tiny rose colored, fragrant. Trees flower several times a year.
Yellow with waxy appearance. The sides are deeply ridged forming a star shape.
June through February.
Sun or semi-shade
Adapted to many types of well drained soils
Moderately tolerant for up to 7 days if under excessively wet or flooded conditions.
Soil salt tolerance
Mature trees may be killed at temperatures of 20-24 °F. Trees may stop growing at temperatures below 65 °F.
7-20 ft or more depending on available space and the goals of the grower.
Scale insects, beetles.
Caution: People who have been diagnosed with kidney disease should not eat carambola (star fruit) unless their doctor says that it is safe for them to eat. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg269
General Fertilizer Recommendations
for Carambola Trees in the landscape.
Carambola trees in the landscape are fertilized
with a 10-10-10-3 or similar.
Young trees: 1lb every 2 months
Mature trees: 8-3-9-3 at an average rate
of 3-5 lbs is applied 5 times per year.
Maximum of 20 lbs per year.
Do not fertilize in winter!