Velvet Apple comes from the Philippines and has now spread to various tropical countries, including Indonesia. Plant height ranges from 10-30 m and generally about 15 m or less. Straight trunk with a diameter of up to 50 cm or more at the base of the stem. Horizontal and multilevel branches. Heavy cone-shaped header and the leaves are dark so that the inside.
Type Leave of Velvet Apple Diospyros blancoi
Leaves lined with elongated, oval-shaped, 2.5-12 × 8-30 cm, flat-brim, with a round base and tip tapered, the length of the stalk about 1.7 cm. The upper side of the leaves is dark green, shiny, like leather. The underside of silvery leaves is silvery. Young leaves are light green to pink.
Type Flowers of Velvet Apple Diospyros blancoi
Types of flowers with two homes, male flowers arranged in umbrella, 3-7 buds, on the armpit of the leaf, four-digit, crown-shaped tube of milk-white milk. The solitary, short-stemmed female flower is located on armpit leaves.
Bananas are round buni round or round shape with size 5-12 × 8-10 cm, fluffy like velvety reddish brown, then turn bright red and slightly dull after cooking with “hat” of flower petals that do not fall out. The flesh is whitish, slightly hard and solid, slightly dry, sweet and slightly spicy, and smells nice, covered by a thin, hairy skin of the fruit.
Seeds number up to 10 grains, with brownish skin, wedge-shaped somewhat like pieces of citrus fruit, with a size of 4 × 2.5 × 1.5 cm (in the thick part).
Velvet Apple plants can grow on all types of soil, in the lowlands to the highlands at an elevation of 0-800 m above sea level. In addition to fresh eaten, Velvet Apple fruit can also be used as a mixture of drinks.
Velvet Apple fruit contains fiber is high enough so efficacious to increase endurance, improve the digestive tract, smooth the skin, maintain eye health and prevent constipation. The wood of good quality, reddish brown to black, fine texture, strong, and hard.
Formerly this plant is widely grown as a shade plant and yard. But now the population has begun to decline, so it has begun efforts made for conservation. This plant is cultivated by seeding seeds. Seeding seeds are planted porous and moist. After shoots and leaf 4-8 can be moved to other larger planting medium. And after approximately 70 cm height before planted in the field.
Velvet Apple plants are still one relative to black sapote plants (Diospyros nigra) and persimmon/persimmon (Diospyros kaki)