Red Custard Apple Tree (Annona reticulata)

Red Custard Apple Tree

You may not be familiar with the Custard Apple, but you’ll certainly want to buy one after hearing about this! The Red Custard Apple Tree (Annona reticulata) is in the Sweetsop family and a subtropical treat as well as gorgeous landscaping ornamental!

Also known as Sugar Apple or Bullock’s Heart, these unique exotic fruits feature a red rind with curious scale-like indentations decorating the skin! Dangling among the long, tropical green foliage, they look like pointed apples in the tree. Spring’s greenish-yellow blooms are a major draw for pollinators as well as people as they’re are drawn to this unique specimen tree!

Once ripe on the tree, harvest this delicious and healthy fruit for the custardy flesh. Eat it fresh, add it to baked goods or breakfast smoothies, or churn up some unique flavored ice cream! The pulps color can vary, as can the flavor, but it is pleasant and aromatic when allowed to ripen on the tree!

Planting and Application:

These mid-sized trees cast lush shade over your gardens, or they adapt to pruning so you can easily keep them smaller. Readily worked into an existing landscape or established orchard. The fantastic shape and foliage make these great around your landscape and when the softball-sized fruit develops, your tree will be turning heads!

Custard Apples can be pruned smaller as needed and kept in large planters or just kept smaller to fit these trees into smaller properties. Lovely front yard landscaping trees as well as back yard shade and accents, you’ll love all the healthful benefits and curiosity this tree provides!

  • Large Red Textured Fruit
  • Creamy Custardy Flavorful Pulp
  • Lush Semi-Tropical Foliage
  • Mid-Sized – Can be Pruned Smaller
  • Accent, Shade & Edible Ornamental Specimen

Tips for Care:

Custard Apples do their best in protected warm growing zones without any chance of frost. They will lose their foliage in a chill but regrow once temperatures warm. Container plants can be brought indoors in cooler growing zones to protect them. Keep moderately watered in the full sun for the best flowering and the most fruit.

  • Full Sun
  • Early Producing & Self Fertile
  • Average Fertility & Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune After Fruiting

Red Custard Apple Tree (Annona reticulata) Details

Common name Red Custard Apple Tree
Botanical name Annona reticulata
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 10-11
Growth rate Medium
Height 25 - 35 ft.
Width 15 - 30 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained Soil
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Fruiting
Flower color Yellow