Gardeners are increasingly interested in growing exotic fruits, and star fruit is one exciting option.
Also called carambola, star fruit is native to Southeast Asia but has been grown in Florida for over 100 years. The star fruit tree will grow to twenty to thirty feet tall if not pruned. The fruit is fleshy, with a yellow, waxy edible peel. When sliced, the slices are shaped like a star, hence the name.
You can grow starfruit in warm areas along the southern coasts of Florida, as long as soils aren’t salty. Besides warm temperatures, this plant needs well-drained soil and protection from the wind. Starfruit is not drought-tolerant. Plant your starfruit in full sun, away from other trees and buildings, structures, and power lines. Harvest your starfruit from June to February.