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Peanut Butter Tree (Bunchosia argentea)


Peanut Butter Tree (Bunchosia argentea)

By Asit K. Ghosh Thaumaturgist – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Botanical Name:  Bunchosia argentea

Common Name (s):  Peanut Butter Tree, Monk’s Plum        

Family: Malpighiaceae

Type: Evergreen Tree

Bloom: Late spring to summer

Flower Color(s): Yellow flowers produce small green to orange to red fruit

Sun Exposure:  Full sun to part shade

Plant Hardiness Zones: 10 to 11 (if grown as a patio/container plant – 4 to 11)

Plant Height and Spacing:  10 to 15 (container/patio) and 23 to 26 feet in height/spacing (in ground)

Planting Requirements: Prefers well-draining, loamy, neutral to slightly acidic soil (pH 6.1-7.5)

Special Note (s):  The pulp from ripe fruit produced from the tree has a taste and smell similar to peanut butter. It is notably used in jams, jellies, preserves or eaten fresh.

*** The information provided for educational purposes only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Always speak with a qualified physician before taking or coming in contact with any new edible fruit, herbs or medicinal plants.

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