Peruvian Apple (Cereus repandus)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Cereus repandus Accepted
Cereus peruvianus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: To 30 feet
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: 3-inch red apple-shaped fruit
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

 Common Peruvian Apple Cactus

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 26, 2011 9:05 AM

Wonderful plant, Lin. Do you know how fast it grows?

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Jun 11, 2012 8:39 AM

This cactus is a nocturnal bloomer and the flowers only last one night. The plant was here when I bought the house about seven months ago and although I detest thorny plants this one seems to be growing on me. Smiling

The large blooms are very pretty and are supposed to be sweetly fragrant although I didn't detect much fragrance (which could be attributed to the fact that it was pouring down rain when I went out to check.) I've read that the fruit has a mild, sweet taste and that the seeds are crunchy and edible as well ... I can't wait to try it! I do hope to transplant it to a different location in the landscape at some point because it's currently located right next to a walkway.

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