Giant rambutan is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 33 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 70cm in diameter, sometimes with buttresses[
The edible fruits are gathered from the wild and the tree is also occasionally cultivated in gardens and villages within its native range[
Southeast Asia - Borneo (Sabah, Sarawak)
Primary lowland kerangas or mixed dipterocarp forest on slopes or ridges; on sandstone, sandy clay, or loam soils; at elevations up to 570 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A tree of hot, wet, tropical lowlands[
Species in this genus generally succeed in full sun to partial shade, growing best in a deep, frertile, well-drained soil[
Species in this genus are generally dioecious, though monoecious forms are sometimes found. Normally, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are reguired'451].
Fruit - raw[
]. The flattened-ellipsoid fruit is around 40mm long, 22mm wide and 15mm thick[
Seed - it has a very short viability and so needs to be sown as soon as it is extracted from the fruit[
]. Wash the seed first to remove traces of the fruit[
]. Sow the seed in containers or in a nursery seedbed in light shade - germination should take place in 7 - 20 days[
]. Properly cared for, the seedlings grow rapidly[
]. They quickly produce a large root system and so need to be planted out into their permanent positions when still young[
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