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Starfruit 'Carambola' Tree

Averrhoa carambola


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Starfruit 'Carambola' Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Starfruit 'Carambola' Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.


Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 30℉)

Growing Zones 9-11 outdoors
4-11 patio
9-11 outdoors

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-35 ft.

Mature Width:

20-25 ft.


Full Sun

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Botanical Name:

Averrhoa carambola

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Unique Flavored, Star Shaped Fruit

Here's Why the Star Fruit Tree is a Top Performer:

  • Small tree with attractive foliage
  • Incredible fruit with distinctive star shape and unique flavor
  • Lovely pink and lavender flowers
  • Yields high quantities of high quality fruit

A Star is born in your Garden

If you've been searching for a new star among the fruit trees in your garden or landscape, we've found it for you. Introducing the Star Fruit Tree: A compact evergreen that combines a handsome tree with a delicious and unusual fruit. The tree is lush and woody, with delicate lavender flowers that add to the tree's overall beauty. And the fruit itself enhances the overall exotic look.

Its shiny, pale-orange coloring and convex shape appear like numerous sunbursts throughout the tree. The box-like fruit hang like small beacons, adding warmth and charm to any garden or landscape lucky enough to boast this incredible tree.

The Taste is Star Quality

Cut open a fresh, juicy Star Fruit and you'll know right away how it got its name. Cross section slices reveal the unique star shape--a favorite among kids who will love the way it looks as well as the sweet yet faintly sour taste which is unlike any other fruit.

The distinctive flavor has hints of apple, pear, grape and a mild tartness that is all its own. This symphony of flavors makes fruit salads taste fresher and more satisfying than ever before. You can also use Star Fruit as a garnish or even cooked in puddings and stews. With the Star Fruit, the sky's the limit to the meals you will enjoy.

Order yours today.

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Starfruit 'Carambola' Tree Pollination

Starfruit 'Carambola' Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Starfruit 'Carambola' Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
9 Reviews
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7 feet tall
I am very happy with my fruit tree. It's over 7 feet tall when I receive it. Expert packaging and great customer service. Highly recommended and I will do an update when my tree start to fruit.
October 8, 2018
Such a cute tree
Recieved my star feuit tree today. Cant wait to see it grow. I places it in a grow bag as I am deciding where to plant it. The tree packaging was awesome and I the sould areives moist. It took only a few days to recieve. FGT has the fastest deliver time that I’ve seen from an online company. So far I’ve ordered a Papaya, strawberry tree, and star fruit. All are doing well and are healthy.

If i could change anything it would be the way they graft. It couls be a bit smoother with out the huge distinction. Most folks have a round bulb whereas my trees have a stick pointing out of the tree.
Nice addition
First day arrival outside
New arrival
June 1, 2018
Growing Zone:
Starfruit tree
Received my starfruit tree on 10/12/17 and planted it in the ground on 10/15/17. It is doing great and I have seen several new growths.
in the ground
in the ground
October 28, 2017
Growing Zone:
Beatiful healthy starfruit
I purchased a starfruit tree from Pam's nursery about 2 years ago. This miracle tree was so healthy that it produced the following year enough starfruits to satisfy the whole family and friends. No exaggeration the little tree produced more than 40 fruits in its first season in the ground.
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July 19, 2017
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I received the star fruit tree in the box. It looked healthy. After planting it in the container for a month, it has a lot small branches grow out. Delivery as it promised.
July 28, 2015
over 3 years ago
Starfruit Tree
Since I got my starfruit tree, I plant it in a mid. spot size.
My starfruit tree is still alive. It is growing many small green leaves and tiny flowers.
Now San Jose, N. California weather is beginning cold, so I move my starfruit tree closer to the house.
I will attach its picture if you would like to have one.
Any way I appreciate your service.

Tuan Tran
December 1, 2014
over 4 years ago
Growing Zone:
Starfruit Tree
When this starfruit tree gets older and too large to bring into the house in the winter, it is going to have a special spot in the center of the orchard. It looks like it is going to grow to be very impressive. Everything that I have received from Fast growing Trees has been packed extremely well; and shipped quickly.
November 17, 2014
over 4 years ago
I bought two Plants were delivered all good ,but within 5 Days one of them Dried out and Died
September 28, 2014
over 4 years ago
An awesome oddity for the garden
I grew one of these from seed, It is a marvelous tree, and I recommend that you get it right away. It has a really cool trait, being a member of the wood sorrel family. The leaves close when disturbed. Its like having a mimosa pudica except the starfruit tree produces fruit. rather quickly I might add.
September 2, 2014
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Starfruit 'Carambola' Tree

Starfruit 'Carambola' Tree Planting Diretions

The Starfruit Carambola (Averrhoa carambola) is a small fruit bearing tree with an attractive bushy, evergreen foliage. This fruit has a delicious tangy flavor that resembles an apple, grape, and citrus combination. It’s an incredible fruit with a very distinctive star shape to the fruit as it matures. The starfruit is a fast grower and performs best in USDA growing zones 9-11 outdoors and 4-11 on the patio (potted tree) in full sun. Starfruit trees mature to a height of 20-35 feet tall and 20-25 feet wide.

Location: Choose a location where your starfruit tree is going to get plenty of sunlight, 6-8 hours per day is best. The tree can adapt to any soil type, but grows faster and produces more fruit in a soil with more organic matter. Be sure the area has well draining soil as the tree will not tolerate consistently standing water. These trees will also do better in an area that is protected or sheltered from the wind.

Planting Instructions (in ground):
1) Dig the hole 3 times the width and slightly shallower than the root ball.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your tree and gently position it down into the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site, tamping down the soil as you go.
5) Back fill the hole, apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets that may have formed.

Planting Instructions (potted): Potted starfruit trees aren’t too picky when it comes to the type of soil they’re grown in. They do tend to grow more quickly and bear a more heavier fruit production in rich loam soils that are moderately acidic (5.5-6.5 pH range).

1) When selecting a container for your starfruit, be sure it has plenty of holes in the bottom as drainage is essential. The pot size should be at least 2 times larger than the pot it initially came in.
2) Fill the container halfway with soil, gently remove the tree from its original pot and position into the new one.
3) Fill in around the tree with the potting soil but but be sure not to cover the grafted area of the tree. Leave about about an inch from the soil surface to the rim of the pot for easy watering.
4) Lightly pack down the soil as you fill and give your tree a deep watering until it flows from the holes in the bottom of the pot. This will settle the soil and eliminate any air pockets that may have formed.
5) Choose a location on the patio, back yard, front/side of the house providing it will receive full sun.
6) If bringing indoors for the winter, keep by a sunny window and water as needed. Also, avoid exposure to both drafts and heat from ventilation.

Watering (in ground): Water your starfruit tree regularly to keep the soil moist. Give it a good deep watering so that it can penetrate into the root system. After watering, allow the top 2-3 inches of the soil to dry out before watering again. Avoid over watering, standing water can lead to root rot. Yellowing, droopy leaves are typically a telltale sign of over watering. Mulching can help retain the soil moisture and also combat competing grasses/weeds.

Watering (potted): Stick your index finger into the soil down to about 2 inches. If there is moisture present, hold off on watering until it feels more dry at that depth. When ready to water, stop once you see it escaping drainage holes at the base of the pot.

Pollination assistance: You can pollinate your indoor trees by hand since most people do not keep a healthy bee population within their home. Simply take a small, fine tipped paint brush and stick it into the center of the blooms. Swirl it around and collect the pollen on the brush. Go to the next bloom and repeat the process until every bloom has been treated. The bloom will fall off naturally and the fruit well begin to form.

Fertilization: Feed your starfruit tree from spring through fall once a month with a well balanced fertilizer like a 10-10-10 or 12-12-12 formula. Be sure to follow the application instructions on the fertilizer.

Pruning: Starfruit trees should be pruned every 1-2 years to maintain a manageable fruiting height. For container grown trees, prune back the out-reaching branches. Pruning should be done in late winter before spring growth starts.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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do you have to have more then one tree to product fruit or is it male/female?
Daleno on Oct 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: no. it has a complete flower. you don't need 2. however with the amount this produces you won't want 2.
Can the star fruit tree survive in Sacramento, California?
Cliff on Jul 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Starfruit does very well in Sacramento California.
What is the reason that leaf turned yeloow? and the soil always "moist" not dry or wet.
A shopper on Aug 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I haven't been growing Carambolas very long but with other subtropicals I grow I find soil ph affects the plants ability to uptake the micro nutrients. Especially iron, manganese and magnesium. Also copper and zinc could be involved. The carambolas I grow in large containers are grown in an acid soil mix and I use Scott's time released citrus and mango fertilizer every three months. In the ground I add a lot of peat moss and my own compost I make plus use some granular sulfur to keep the soil on the acid side as much as possible. My plants are all very healthy under these conditions. Hope this helps. Bob
can i keep a star fruit tree in a large planter for a couple years?
kristin E on Jun 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have had mine in a whiskey barrel planter for a couple of years now, and its doing just great! The soil where I live is clay and doesn't drain well, so I lost at my first 2 attempts to grow this tree in the ground. During the winter, I just keep watch on the temperature so I can cover it up with a frost blanket when necessary.
soil ph for starfruit tree?
David G on Apr 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: pH of 5.5 – 6.5
How old is the 3 gallon tree and old does the need to be to start fruiting?

Koneko on Feb 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are 2-3 years old. It should bear fruit within 1-2 years.
how big is this tree that i will get from 3 gallons?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Tree will be around a foot tall when you get it but will quickly grow to it's mature height of 25 to 30 feet tall.
Can it be grown in container?
jimbo on Mar 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can,I had mine in a big container and it's bearing fruit for 2 years now when it's in season.I live in sunny southern California.
I live in Orange County California does star fruit grow in this weather because I usually heard it grows in tropical weather?
Abida R on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I live in the San Fernando Valley, CA, and have a star fruit tree growing in my back yard. It is a tropical tree so you just have to keep an eye on it and on the weather. It loves heat, so living in the Valley is perfect. It loves rain, so it must be kept well irrigated, but in soil that drains well. In the Valley, our soil is like clay, so I have my tree growing in a huge pot. During the winter months, you have to protect it from strong wind and frost. (My previous star fruit tree was killed by last winter's frost.) I'm building a collapsible frame to hold a frost blanket for my tree this winter, and keeping a heat lamp (brooder lamp) just in case. So far, however, my tree has grown from 2ft (at purchase in April 2015) to just about 4ft now (Oct 2015), and she's blooming!
Is this tree cold hardy? If so to what degrees?
Christopher S on Sep 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Temperatures of 30° to 32°F could kill young trees. Mature trees could be killed at temperatures of 20° to 24°F.
I am in zone 8 . What is zone 4-11 patio mean ? I can only keep it in the pot on patio? Or I can plant it in the ground?
Peihua on Jun 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: you can only keep in pot on patio and winter indoor not in the ground.the tree is for zone 9-11
Is keeping this tree potted at 6' max height realistic? Would the root ball need to be trimmed periodically? Zone 6 Thx
Justin W on Jul 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Keeping the Star Fruit Tree down to 6' would be possible, but not ideal. The tree gets 25 to 30 feet tall so keeping it pruned back would require a lot of effort. Pruning he roots back shouldn't be necessary.
I live in saint louis
Missouri can it grown in this weather?
Amanda L on Aug 28, 2018
How long does it take to starfruit flower to turn into a fruit?
Joy T on Jun 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It can take up to 2 months for the flowers to turn to fruit.
I live in the cold, damp and foggy Sunset district of San Francisco, even though it is zoned 10. Our winter low temp does not get below 45 degrees but our summer high temp in August does not get above 70 either. Do you think a star fruit tree will survive in a container in this cooler climate?
Angela C on Aug 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Starfruit is cold hardy down to 30 Degrees F.
Can this starfruit grow in sanjose ca?
hiep h on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The outdooor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Where do you import the fruits or grow your fruits?
Jackie on Apr 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We do not import, we grow our trees in our farms.
I live in Colorado, so I will be bringing in the plant when the weather gets cold, I will keep it on a south facing window. My question is Will the tree bear fruits? How many years before it bears fruits?
Tina H on Sep 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I bought a big tree this spring. Wonderful and strong tree ! The tree is still in the flowerpot - in summer, it is outside in the sun and in winter, it will be on the porch.
The first flowers appeared in July. Now we ate 4 wonderful big and juicy fruits and a further 12 is now on the tree.

I love this tree and big thank for this company, because all trees from them are wonderful and realy strong. And yes, I always choose the largest size what is possible.
Are your trees non GMO?
Gurjeet N on Mar 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: All of our fruit trees are non GMO.
how large do star fruit tree get?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Starfruit Tree gets 20-35 ft. tall and 20-25 ft wide.
When to plant? I just received my starfruit tree, with winter around the corner, should I wait and plant it in spring time? I live in zone 9b. Thank you.
Rodrigo A on Oct 18, 2018
What kind of fertilizer is best? I'm growing mine in a large pot.
Joshua K on Jul 17, 2018

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