Garcinia aristata (Cuban Mangosteen) Seeds
Garcinia aristata (Cuban Mangosteen) is one of a handful of Garcinias that has grown well in the high pH sandy loam at our farm in south west Florida. Its unique identifying characteristic is its very handsome foliage that has a stiff needle like point that is painful to touch. Our tree fruited at around 8 years old, and 3 feet tall. It has take brief freezes down to 30 degrees Farenheit. It flowered nearly non stop for about 18 months without setting fruit until recently the tree started putting out some fruit. So, Garcinia aristata appears to be able to produce fruit in an apomictical manner, like some other Garcinias. The plant is probably apomictic and dioecious. The fruit flavor is sweet, not much acid, and might be described as a mixture of Garcinia intermedia and Garcinia livingstonei. Mild citrus tones dominate the flavor profile. The seeds for sale are from a large mature tree that has proven that its seeds will produce plants. While this rare species is listed as "threatened" by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, it is grown by rare fruit collectors without fear of prosecution.