Custurd Apple, Annona squamosa

Annona squamosa is a large shrub/small tree speices. The plant belongs to the Annonaceae family. A. squamosa is one of the most widely cultivated plants in the family.

Annona squamosa plants may grow anywhere from 9 to 26 feet tall, its tree or shrub classification is dependent on the plants size in height. It has many branches that may be broad, open crown or spreading. The species produces an edible fruit that may be referred to as “sugar apple”. The plant is relatively easy to cultivate and its fruit is desired for its delicious taste. A. squamosa develops single, alternate leaves that typically grow from 2-6.7 inches long and 2-6 inches in width. Mature hairless leaves are commonly pale green in coloration on both its upper and undersides. Flowers may grow in clusters or may stand alone and can be seen blooming in spring to early summer months. Clusters will commonly have between 2-4 flowers. Three green/yellow petals will grow up to 1 inch long and .3 inches wide. The flower has several stamens of the same coloration.

Image Caption: Custurd Apple (Annona squamosa). Credit: J.M. Garg/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0, 2.5, 2.0, 1.0)