Mountain Currant Tree – Antidesma montanum

Mountain Currant Tree, Antidesma montanum, is a fruit bearing shrub or tree reaching up to 15 meters tall with velvety, pubescent cylindrical thin branchlets, flaky bark in older trees and with a round crown of spreading branches. It is a common understorey tree found in a wide variety of habitats and up to an elevation of 2000 meters. It has a wide distribution in Asia countries from India to Southern China and Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, New Guinea and Australia. Antidesma montanumis often cultivated for its edible fruit, for its wood used in house construction but also as a source of local medicine.

Antidesma montanumleaves are simple, alternate, leaf blade papery, 1.2 cm long, pubescent. Flowers are uni-sexual, with male and female flowers on separate plants. They are borne in racemes in leaf axils or at the end of branches. Flowering takes place from April to July.

Mountain Currant Tree Fruit

The globose to ellipsoid Mountain Currant Tree fruits resemble a drupe. Their color varies from green to white, red and black. The fleshy and juicy fruits are edible with a sour to bitter-sweet taste. They are in addition used as a tonic for mothers after giving birth and to adulterate black pepper. Fruiting takes place from July to November. Fruits are similar to the edible Bignay (Antidesma bunius )

Mountain Currant Tree Propagation Methods

Plant propagation is by seed. Mountain Currant Tree is fast growing plant that can to well in in a wide variety of soil and conditions. It can withstand light frost. Antidesma montanum is a member of the Phyllanthaceae family the genus Antidesma.

Mountain Currant Tree, Antidesma montanum

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    A Garden with Fruit Trees and Nut Trees is a Fulfilling, Meaningful and Worthy Undertaking.

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    Fruit and nut trees are special and unlike vegetables they will produce for a lot of years with a better return on effort than anything else in the garden.

    In addition to fruit and nut production these trees can be value for shade, timber and as a support for climbing plants. Their crops are good sources of minerals, vitamins, protein and fats and make the perfect snacks for kids.

    While the planting location of a tree is highly important for a successful production of fruit and nuts, when selecting a fruit tree or a nut tree from your local nursery, some additional factors you should consider are:

    tree shape and size
    taste, texture and use of fruit
    time of harvest season
    disease and pest resistance.

    Multi-Grafted trees are an alternative for small gardens where space is limited and several types of fruit are desired.

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