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Starfruit - Arkin - Carambola


  • Very Sweet

  • Few Seeds

  • #1 Commercial cultivar

  • Slow grower

  • Suitable for containers

  • "Partially" self fertile

  • Firm flesh

  • Few seeds


  • 10'-15'H x   6'-12'W

PH Range:

  • 5.5-6.5


  • 9-11 cold tolerant down to 30 degrees


  • Foliage - Green

  • Fruit - Bright yellow to yellow-orange


  • Afternoon summer shade - after 10am


  • Sensitive to alkaline soils

  • Loves loamy soils

  • Seldom needs pruning 

  • Sensitive to over watering


  • 6-8% nitrogen, 2-4% phosphoric acid,    6-8% potash and 3-4% magnesium.

  • Light application every 60-90 days

  • Mature trees two-three times a year

  • Prone to chlorosis - Soil & foliar applications of chelated iron and other micronutrients

General Information:

The carambola is believed to have originated in Sri Lanka and the Moluccas, but it has been cultivated in southeast Asia and Malaysia for many centuries.

The carambola is classified as subtropical because mature trees can tolerate temperatures as low as 27° F for short periods of time with little damage. Like many other subtropicals, however, young plants are more susceptible to frost and can be killed at 32° F. Carambolas can be severely damaged by flooding or prevailing hot, dry winds. The small trees make good container plants.

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