Durian Fruit (Durio zibethinus)

Durian Fruit


What is Durian Fruit

The Durian, nicknamed “the king of fruit” in Southeast Asia, is famous for its strong, pungent smell and prickly exterior.

But if you’re not familiar with the Durian fruit, you might be surprised to learn that it’s also high in nutrients – with an incredibly unique taste that’s beloved in both sweet and savory dishes!

Both the flesh and the seeds can be eaten, although you’ll need to cook the seeds before consuming. Durian is popular, especially in Southeast Asia, in juices, soups, curries and desserts, and can be eaten boiled or roasted. It’s hard to pin down the flavor of Durian, but many say it tastes like a combination of cheese, garlic and caramel.

Plus, with more nutrients than almost any other fruit (including fiber, potassium, vitamin C, thiamine, manganese, vitamin B6 and more), the Durian packs a healthful punch.

Weighing as much as 18 pounds, Durian fruits can grow up to a foot long and six inches wide, with about two cups of edible fruit inside. However, since Durian thrives in the heat and humidity of Southeast Asian climates, you’ll only get fruit from your Durian tree if it’s grown in the ideal conditions, which are hard to find in North America.

Fruit or not, the Durian tree adds a tropical touch to greenhouses, patios and even backyards in the right conditions. These trees feature thick trunks with strong branches to support the heavy fruit, paired with large, bright-green foliage. Your Durian tree will also bloom with thick clusters of yellow, white or red flowers.

Looking for Durian trees to grow at home? We guarantee you won’t find this one-of-a-kind fruit tree at your local nursery or big box store.

Plus, we’ve carefully planted, nurtured and grown your Durian tree at our nursery, for months before it ships to you. That means you get a strong-rooted, healthy tree that’s ready to thrive in the right conditions, as soon as it arrives at your door.

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How to Grow and Care for Durian Fruit

Durian Fruit (Durio zibethinus) Growing Requirements

Hardiness zone 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors


Durian trees will grow best in loamy, well-draining soil and high heat and humidity. If you don’t live in a warm, humid tropical climate, your Durian will be best planted in a container, so you can easily move it inside when temperatures drop.

To plant your Durian tree outside, dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as your Durian’s root ball. If your soil is low-quality, amend with a nutrient-dense, well-draining soil blend. Place your Durian tree with the trunk straight, backfill with soil, and water well. Continue to water regularly while your Durian is establishing, and protect it from strong winds.

To plant your Durian in a container, select a pot that is 1-2 sizes larger than its shipped container. Plant it in well-draining, nutrient-rich soil, and ensure that your pot has proper drainage. We recommend container-planting your Durian trees outside of the most tropical growing zones.

In either case, your Durian tree will prefer full shade – young Durian trees can wither in direct sunlight.


Durian trees are moisture-lovers, and mature trees need at least 63 inches of water per year, with 75 to 90 percent humidity. However, they also require well-draining soil, or they can fall prey to fungal diseases. Water your Durian tree frequently, keeping the soil evenly moist but not soggy. You can also mist your Durian tree daily or every other day for added humidity.


Durian trees do not require much additional fertilizer – however, you can add an organic fertilizer that’s rich in potassium and nitrogen quarterly for the first few years.


You can prune or train your Durian tree to control the size and promote fruit production, in the right conditions.

Temperature conditions

Durians are extremely sensitive to cold and grow best in tropical climates where temperatures are regularly above 75 degrees. If you live in a cooler climate where temperatures drop below 45 degrees even infrequently, your Durian tree is likely to drop its leaves and die. In most locations other than the most tropical growing zones, it’s best to keep your Durian tree inside during the winter.

Durian Fruit (Durio zibethinus) Details

Common name Durian Fruit
Botanical name Durio zibethinus
Plant type Fruit Trees, Bushes
Hardiness zone 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
Growth rate Medium
Height 15-20 ft. (smaller in containers)
Width 25-30 ft. at maturity (smaller in containers)