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Genus of 20-25 species of evergreen, often spiny, trees and shrubs from open forest, thickets and scrub in southeastern Asia and the larger islands in the eastern Pacific.
There are many complex hybrids.
Though not originating in the Mediterranean the soil and climate here provides for better growing conditions and superior fruit.
Evergreen - trees and shrubs
Fruit - Plants which produce an edible or ornamental fruit
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - under glass - red spider mite, scale, whiteflies, mealybug.
Place of origin - southeastern Asia, South Pacific.
Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - loam based potting compost, full light, shade from hot sun.
Patio / pot plants
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
Neutral to acid soil - to slightly acid.