Ambarella, Spondias cytherea
The ambarella, Spondias cytherea, is a fast-growing medium size tree and is a native of Polynesia.
This large spreading tree can reach height of forty to fifty feet with a width of equal size. It has long, pinnately-compound leaves which can be twelve to thirty inches long. The tree looses its leaves for a brief period during the winter months that are the months of January and February.
The Ambarella tree in this picture was planted a few months ago on the south side of house. These trees are cold sensitive when small they should be protected from serious frost or freeze. Even large trees will have some frost damage at 30' F tempreture .
Plant care Protection from frost and provision of afternoon shade in summer especially when the plants are young is very important . It should be planted close to other tropical plants. I plnted it by the side of other tropical plants , my plan is to have sun protection for first few years until it gets shade from other trees and create a micro climate .
A thick layer of partially compost mulch covers the soil around the tree. Water them deeply and slowly every week from spring to fall. During the hottest days of summer water them more frequently. In winter, it is to be irrigated every 2-3 weeks. I don't recommend using chemical fertilizer for first few years.
Medicinal Uses of Ambarella
In Combodia Astringent bark is used as a remedy for diarrhea.