xl Akee Blighia Sapida Tree, orchard size 8″ round pot

$89.96

Tropical Brain, Fruit produced is not ripe until it splits open, reveling the 3 creamy colored brain-like arils that are crisp and have a slightly nutty flavor. Caution, though it is eaten daily by thousands, fruit may be toxic to some if not cooked properly. The shining seeds also contained, should not be consumed. This beautiful tree has a short trunk, a dense crown of spreading branches and a canopy of bright green glossy leaves.


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What will I receive.
Find your grow zone.
QUICK SPECS
OUTDOOR
Zone 9b-11
PATIO
Zone 4a-11
SOIL TYPE
Rich Moist
% SUN
80-100%
POT SIZE
8″ Round
INCLUDES
One Tree
ABOUT BRAIN TREE
Akee Blighia Sapida – Aka Tropical Brain, Fruit produced is not ripe until it splits open, reveling the 3 creamy colored brain-like arils that are crisp and have a slightly nutty flavor. Caution, though it is eaten daily by thousands, fruit may be toxic to some if not cooked properly. The shining seeds also contained, should not be consumed. This beautiful tree has a short trunk, a dense crown of spreading branches and a canopy of bright green glossy leaves. A lover of warm temperatures fragrant Akee flowers appear in spring spreading a blanket of white across the tree. Beautiful as an ornamental shade tree.
These are very healthy starter trees with well established root systems.
Please note: Leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress. The growth rate of Akee Blighia Sapida will vary greatly depending on season, soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. Always changing!
BRAIN TREE CARE
Akee Blighia Sapida are very easy to grow tropical fruiting trees that and seem to grow best when neglected. They add a wonderful accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In very cold zones a containerized Akee Blighia Sapida can be brought inside for the winter months.  Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring. In the northern end of their grow zone Akee Blighia Sapida trees should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months.
When you receive your new tree, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new tree can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it a shady location. You can then add some mulch to the bucket to keep your Akee Blighia Sapida standing straight. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your Akee Blighia Sapida.
CONTAINER SIZE
Most gardeners don’t realize that Akee Blighia Sapida trees grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 18″ to a 30″ diameter, 14″ deep container will suffice.  Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your tree will be. When the tree becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
SOIL
Akee Blighia Sapida enjoy well drained but moist, rich organic mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky soils.
FERTILIZER
To help establish your new tree, fertilize sparingly, biannually with a slow time release 15-5-10. Unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly. WARNING – The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers may damage the roots thus killing the tree.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 9b-11, find your zone here. This tree requires 85-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is best. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted tree will flourish over the summer months in this zone but must be brought inside for the winter months. (avoid frost)
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at the nursery these trees are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this tree to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE
All trees for sale will vary in size. In the spring, trees are often smaller than trees shipped in the fall. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual trees ready to ship by clicking the “SHIPPING” link.
Note:
Before leaving, trees are inspected, watered, pruned if necessary and topped to facilitate shipping. Your new tree is then bagged to keep the soil moist, to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your tree is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased.
You may want to buy your Akee Blighia Sapida online now while they are in stock. If you have any pre-purchase questions, please feel free to contact us. (link below)

WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING RATES?   Very Simple Flat Rate.  The same low rate applies to everyone no matter here you live. However at the current time we only ship to the lower 48 states.

Order Total Shipping Charge
Any $14.99
Plus $3.99 per item.
Example Shipping Total
1 Item $18.98
5 Items $34.94
10 Items $54.89

HOW ARE PLANTS PACKAGED FOR SHIPMENT? Wow, like a present!  With our state of the art packaging we can ensure that your new plant arrives in style. Before leaving our growers all plants are inspected, watered and pruned if necessary. Some taller plants may be topped to facilitate shipping. Your new plant is bagged to keep the soil moist and to ensure that the soil stays in the pot, not loose in the box. Then your plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased.

DO YOU SHIP PLANTS ANY TIME OF THE YEAR?  Sorry, no we don't.  Most of the plants offered are very tropical and require temperatures above 40º at all times. On occasion some orders may be delayed if the weather conditions in your area warrant that the shipment be held. This helps to ensure the survival of your new plant. During the winter months when we are no longer shipping plants, our growers spend their time researching new species and new growing techniques to provide you with the most unique and superior species of plants available anywhere.

HOW LARGE ARE THE POTS THE PLANTS COME IN?  Most plants  designated with a (-2g, -8, -6, -4,) will arrive in a large 8 inch, standard 8 inch, 6 inch, 4 inch growers pot respectively, the color and style of these pots will vary. We are very proud to introduce our new, reusable, recyclable deep cells, 7 to 14 inches deep and 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Products growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper roots, faster growth and are designated with a (-7, -9, -14). Several of our larger landscape plants are grown in 10 inch and 8 inch deep tree pots wich are 3 to 4 inches in diameter and are designated with a (-tc3 or -tc4).

ARE SHIPPING OPTIONS AVAILABLE?  No. Sorry,  At the present the only shipping option available is UPS Ground ®. UPS ® has proven themselves in the industry and have become the carrier of choice for our family of growers. With reasonable rates, careful handling and on time service you can be sure that your shipment will arrive ready to be enjoyed.

HOW CAN I ESTIMATE THE ARRIVAL DATE?  To ensure proper delivery  most orders will take 1 - 3 weeks. The delivery time can vary depending on the supplying growers work load and/or seasonal holidays. Rest easy knowing that your plant will not ship until it is inspected, watered, bagged and properly packaged.

CAN ORDERS BE SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE US?  Presently we only ship inside the lower 48 states.  With the current USDA regulations regarding shipment of live plants, our family of growers are restricted to and governed by the guidelines for certification within the lower 48 states only. Orders shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and internationally will not be accepted.

For more information visit our shipping page or contact customer service.


  • Reopening April 14 2019