Chikoo

Chikoo
Chikoo Chikoo
Name: Chikoo
Common Name: Chikoo
Botanical Name: Manilkara Zapota
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A superb shade, street (where falling fruit will not be a problem), or fruit tree, Sopadilla reaches a height of 45 feet with a 40-foot spread. The smooth, dark, and glossy, six-inch-long evergreen leaves are clustered at the tips of twigs and the small, cream-colored solitary flowers appear in the leaf axils throughout the year. The four-inch-wide, scurfy brown fruits have a juicy, sweet, yellow-brown flesh and ripen to softness in spring and summer. The flower-to-fruit period is about ten months. The bark and branches, when injured, bleed a white latex which is the source of chicle, the original base for chewing gum. The trunk on older specimens is flaky and quite attractive, and flares at the base into numerous surface roots.

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Type: Outdoor Tree, Fruit Tree, Evergreen Tree, Small Height Tree
Exposure: Full Sun
Conditions: Tropical, Sub-Tropical, Humid, Semi-Dry
Flowering Time: Small Bell Shaped
Fragrant: Not Known
Habit: Can grow in Limestone rich areas,Nevertheless, it flourishes also in deep, loose, organic soil, or on light clay, diabase, sand or lateritic gravel. Good drainage is essential, the tree bearing poorly in low, wet locations. It can stand salt spray, and approaches the date palm in its tolerance of soil salinity.
Foliage: Simple
Drought Tolerance: High
Salt Tolerance: High
Light: Full Sun
Temperature: 10-38 C
Sensitive to: Frost, Wet Locations, Bad drainage
Watering: Avereg Water
Repotting: Repot as needed. Best grown in Ground.
Problems: Frost and Cold Climate can kill the Plant. Bank the stem with Sand our Burlap with straw to save the plant. In Cold Places the Plant might survive but will not flower/fruit.                                                                          

Medicinal Uses:Medicinal Uses: Because of the tannin content, young fruits are boiled and the decoction taken to stop diarrhea. An infusion of the young fruits and the flowers is drunk to relieve pulmonary complaints. A decoction of old, yellowed leaves is drunk as a remedy for coughs, colds and diarrhea. A "tea" of the bark is regarded as a febrifuge and is said to halt diarrhea and dysentery. The crushed seeds have a diuretic action and are claimed to expel bladder and kidney stones. A fluid extract of the crushed seeds is employed in Yucatan as a sedative and soporific. A combined decoction of sapodilla and chayote leaves is sweetened and taken daily to lower blood pressure. A paste of the seeds is applied on stings and bites from venomous animals. The latex is used in the tropics as a crude filling for tooth cavities.                    

Maximum Height: 20 Ft

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

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