Soursop (Muricata)

The Soursop (Muricata) is generally described as a perennial tree. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the year round . The Soursop (Muricata) has green foliage and inconspicuous yellow flowers, with a moderate amount of conspicuous green fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the summer, with fruit and seed production starting in the fall and continuing until fall. Leaves are retained year to year. The Soursop (Muricata) has a short life span relative to most other plant species and a moderate growth rate. At maturity, the typical Soursop (Muricata) will reach up to 20 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 20 feet.

The Soursop (Muricata) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by container, cuttings, seed. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 17°F. has medium tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Moderate
General Type Tree
Growth Period Year Round
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Short
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Summer
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Single Stem
Drought Tolerance Medium
Shade Tolerance Intermediate
Height When Mature 20
Vegetative Spread None
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance Medium
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Fall Fall
Seed Spread Rate Slow
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Container, Cuttings, Seed
Moisture Requirements Medium
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 17
Soil Depth for Roots 60
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability Yes
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5–7 pH
Precipitation Range 60–60 inches/yr
Planting Density 300–700 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 60
Minimum Frost-Free Days 365 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance Low
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention Yes
Palatability Medium
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA