Plant of the Month for March 2024: Mountain apple

The red fruit of the mountain apple is crisp and juicy. (Justin Issacs/

Mountain apple trees have a very upright growth habit and can bloom several times a year. (Forest and Kim Starr/Courtesy photo)

The magenta puffs the mountain apple tree produces are an outstanding feature of this Polynesian introduction to Hawaii. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Mountain apples ripen from white to striped or red depending on the variety. (Forest and Kim Starr/Courtesy photo)

The Polynesian-introduced mountain apple is a lovely fruit tree you might consider growing if you have space in a corner of your garden, or you can let it grow to full size as a landscape tree. It provides a beautiful array of pink flowers in spring followed by lots of tasty fruit.