The amazing Jackfruit Tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus) was originally discovered in India and Malaysia. The Jackfruit Tree is related to both the fig and mulberry tree, but Jackfruit is much different than these more common realatives. Jackfruit Trees produce very large, green to yellow, spiked fruit which can weigh as much as 120 pounds each. The most interesting feature of this tropical fruit tree is that it grows its large fruit on stems that emerge from the bracts of large branches, as well as upon the tree’s main trunk itself.
Jackfruit Trees have large, dark green leaves and a somewhat spreading habit which creates shade and habitat for nesting birds. Jackfruit Trees are suited for growing in-ground within USDA Zones 9 to 11, and in pots in Zones 4 to 11. The large fruit’s edible pulp is described as a mix of pineapple, banana, and mango. Jackfruit Trees do best in partial shade to full sun and start to reliably make fruit after 3 to 5 years in the ground. Add a tropical Jackfruit Tree to your edible garden and amaze everyone who sees and tastes this exotic fruit.