Mimusops coriacea

Common Name: monkey's apple

Family: Sapotaceae

Common Synonyms: none

USDA Hardiness Zone: NA

Growth Habit: Evergreen tree

Origin: Madagascar

FISC Category: -

FDACS Listed Noxious Weed: No

Introduction Date: Earliest Florida herbarium specimen vouchered in 2008

IFAS Assessment:

  • North: OK
  • Central: OK
  • South: OK
Mimusops coriacea
Mimusops coriacea


Evergreen tree to 15 m tall. Leaves alternate, simple, entire, leathery, green and lustrous above, obovate to broadly elliptic, to 20 cm long and 12 cm wide, apex notched. Petioles stout, 1-1.5 cm long. Flowers born singly or in clusters in leaf axils, creamy white, 15 mm wide, corolla with 8 narrow lobes, each divided again into 3 lobes. Pedicel 4-8 cm long. Fruit ovoid, yellow to orange, 3-5 cm in diameter, seeds 1-2.


Disturbed areas


Related Mimusops elengeri has leaf apex abruptly acuminate or blunt, pedicels shorter, and smaller fruit.

Map of species distribution

Control Methods

  • Manual: NA
  • Chemical: NA
  • Biological: NA

Control Notes

No specific treatments available.


Nelson. G. 2011. The Trees of Florida: A Reference and Field Guide. Pineapple Press. Sarasota, Florida.

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