Durian-Durio zibethinus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bonsai King   
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 14:17

Local Name:

Durian

Scientific Name:

Durio zibethinus

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Habitat

Durian is native to Malaysia and Indonesia.  It can be found throughout the tropics. Commercially produced in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, India and Australia.

 

Propagation

Durian is propagated by seed or grafting.

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The Durian is a large tree, reaching 150 feet, the grafted durian tree is considerably smaller, with a straight trunk and upright growth.  Leaves are alternate, about 10 inches long and 3 inches wide, green and glossy on the upper surface, silvery or bronze colored on the underside.  Flowers are perfect, whitish, with a strong odor, in cauliflorous whicn are produced directly on large branches, clusters of 3-30, blooming at night and primarily pollinated by bats.  Fruits are large, from 6-12 inches long, with a hard, green, spiny shell.  The shell splits into  five segments when ripe, exposing the creamy whitish, yellowish or pinkish aril which surrounds large seeds.  The aril is very fragrant, and can be overpowering when indoors. The smell is most pungent of odors.  The taste is sweet and spicy, like custard or vanilla ice cream with overtones of spices, onions and banana.
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