Image of a bright green, tropical Cherimoya (Custard Apple) Fruit on a Cherimoya tree., as sold by Urban Bounty NZ

Cherimoya (Custard Apple)


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Tropical Cherimoya fruit is a creamy, sweet taste sensation.  Mark Twain once called it "the most delicious fruit known to men".  In the wild, untamed trees can grow to epic heights, but homegrown specimens can be pruned or espaliered to manage size.

Urban Bounty Cherimoya are young plants.  They come in a 2 litre pot.

What is Cherimoya (Custard Apple)? 

Cherimoya (Annona cherimola) trees are thought to have originated in South America, but are now grown in many subtropical/tropical regions around the world.  This tree is fast growing and dense with low, spreading branches.  The foliage is dark green and velvety.  The aromatic flowers have green outer and pink inner petals.  Cherimoya fruit is large and cone-shaped with scaly skin and a creamy centre. 

Plant Cherimoya in your medium-large tropical garden and delicious supply of tropical summer fruit!  Cherimoya do better in the ground, but it is possible to grow them in a half wine barrel. 

Culinary uses for Cherimoya (Custard Apple)

Cherimoya have an intense fruity smell and a sweet but refreshing tropical taste.  The edible part is the creamy filling inside (this has a pear-like texture).  The skins and seeds shouldn't be eaten. 

Cherimoya is often eaten with a spoon, or sliced and served chilled like custard (hence the name 'Custard Apple').  It is the perfect addition to a tropical fruit salad, smoothie, or yoghurt.  Store harvested fruit at room temperature until soft, then refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Growing Conditions - Cherimoya (Custard Apple) 

Cherimoya thrive in warmer climates but love cool marine night  air.  They love a sunny spot and free-draining, sandy soil.  Young trees do best when staked and sheltered from the wind.  Water deeply twice a week during the growing season, then stop when dormant.  Fertilise in mid-winter, then once every three months.  

Cherimoya trees rely on wind or hand pollination to fruit. Hand pollinate in the early evening by dusting a paint brush over the anthers fully open male blossoms, and transferring the pollen to female blossoms.

It is important to prune Cherimoya so that it develops a small number of strong leader branches capable of bearing heavy fruit.  Thin fruit if the yield is heavy - this will encourage larger fruit.

What type of climate do Cherimoya prefer?

Cherimoya prefer a warmer climate, as they are not frost hardy.  (They will grow anywhere a Lemon will grow.) Plant Cherimoya in winter, when the tree is dormant.  

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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