Annona squamosa, the Sugar-apple, is a tropical shrub from South America, Asia and Africa. This shrub will grow to a height of 5 meters high and 4 meters large. It gives delicious fruits. Annona squamosa can even be grown in pot.
Annona squamosa has a cylindrical trunk and wears big oblong leaves. The flowers are pale green or yellow and have a strong sweet smell. The fruits are called sugar apples. Their skin is thick and green and covered with scales. The flesh of the fruit is white, creamy and sweet. It contains black pips of 1 cm in diameter.
Annona blooms all year long in tropical regions. In milder climates, it blooms in spring and at the start of summer. It is a deciduous plant, which means that it loses its leaves when it rests. The plant will take 3 to 4 years before it produces fruits.
Hardiness zones 10-11 (1°C/35°F,4°C/40°F) in winter. The plant dies when the temperature is below 0°C.Annonas need to be in a situation away from the wind. They are not rustic plants.
The plant thrives in full sun. Watering is done once a week and abundantly. Also, remember to cut the dead branches or the ones that are too low. Keep it far from the cold and the wind. The annona can be grown in pot.