Guab Diospyros malabarica is a species of tree in the family Ebenaceae. It is native to India and Sri Lanka. The tree grows to a height of 20-30 m. The leaves are oblong-elliptical in shape, and are 10-20 cm long and 5-10 cm wide. The flowers are white or pale yellow, and are borne in clusters. The fruit is a black drupe, 5-6 cm in diameter.
How to care:
Diospyros malabarica is a relatively easy tree to care for. It prefers full sun to partial shade, and well-drained soil. Once established, it is drought-tolerant. It can be pruned to maintain a desired shape or size.
The fruit of the Diospyros malabarica is edible, and can be eaten fresh or used in jams and jellies.
The Diospyros malabarica tree is drought-tolerant once established, but will need regular watering during the first few years. Once established, water once a week during periods of drought.
Fertilize the Diospyros malabarica tree in spring with a balanced fertilizer.
Diospyros malabarica can be propagated from seed or cuttings.
Pests and Diseases:
Guab Diospyros malabarica is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, it can be susceptible to scale and mealybugs.
Guab Diospyros malabarica makes an excellent shade tree or street tree. It can also be used in hedges or as a specimen tree.