Mabolo

 
 

Mabolo, or velvet-aple, is native to Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines. In its native distribution it reaches a height of 100 feet, with a trunk 2 or more feet in diameter. The leaves are simple and up to 8.5 inches long. Flowers are half an inch wide and hide among the foliage. Fruits are up to 3 inches in diameter and are covered with fine hairs that give them a velvety texture; the skin has an unpleasant odor. The pulp is yellowish and tastes like apples and bananas. It flowers and produces fruit throughout the year. The generic name means fruit of the gods. The species name honors the Spanish botanist Francisco Manuel Blanco (1778-1845).


The photographed tree is in front of Building B. There's another tree in front of the Buildings and Ground Department nursery.

Diospyros blancoi (Ebenaceae)