Category: Fruit at the Nursery

Rare & Unusual Tropical Trees & Plants, Flowering, Fruit, Native, Palm, Bamboo, Heliconia, Hummingbird, Butterfly

Sapodilla

Manilkara zapota is native to Mexico and Central America but grows quite well in South Florida. The white latex sap of this tree was once a source for chiclets chewing gum. Today the tree is grown for the sweet brown fruits and also as a shade tree. Richard Lyons Nursery currently has ripe fruit on…
Read more


January 22, 2023 0

Jujube Fruit Tree

Ziziphus jujuba is a fruit tree in the Rhamnaceae or Buckthorn Family, that grows very well in S. Florida.  Its origin is southern Asia and has been cultivated in China for 4000 years where there are 400 known varieties.  It can attain a height of 20′ and 12′ wide with shiny green foliage and bears a small oval fruit in…
Read more


January 15, 2023 0

Dimocarpus Longan

Longan fruit is currently in season and available at Richard Lyons Nursery. Longan (Dimocarpus longan) is in the same family, Sapindaceae, as its better known relative, the Lychee Tree. Unlike the Lychee Tree, Longan is a more reliable fruit bearing tree as it does not require the cool night temperatures in winter as the Lychee…
Read more


July 18, 2021 0

Selenicereus

A look at Dragon Fruit or Pitahaya. The fruit is produced from a tropical vining epiphytic cactus, Hylocereus undatus, or more recently, Selenicereus. The cactus is grown for its fruit throughout the tropics. It originated in the America’s like all true cacti, but its exact origin is unknown. It is typically grown on a large…
Read more


July 11, 2021 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

Calabaza is the Spanish name for any type of pumpkin. In English, it refers to West Indian Pumpkin, or Calabassa, a winter squash grown in the Caribbean and Tropical America. Botanically, it is Curbita moschata. At Richard Lyons Nursery it is grown under the rows of Jakfruit and Sapodilla trees. It is unfortunately a host…
Read more


May 2, 2021 0