I’d seen these large tennis ball sized seeds before as decorations but never knew what grew from them, so I decided to purchase two to take home with me.
After a week in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi and Erewan we finally made it back to Koh Chang and I dropped both seeds on top of some soil in pots, placed in a sunny spot and watered daily.
Within days a fresh shoot appeared and in a couple of weeks the tree stood at 20-30cm tall. Apparently they grow to 5-10 meters tall. Pong Pong trees are native to Malaysia and Singapore but are a common sight in Thai gardens with their fragrant white flowers and glossy green leaves.
Pong Pong Tree AKA as the Suicide Tree
One interesting fact to note about the Pong Pong tree is it also known as the Suicide Tree due to the single round, mango-sized fruits being highly toxic. If ingested they can cause fatal cardiac arrest due to the poison, Cerberin’s ability to block the calcium-ion channels within the heart muscle.
Due to this beautiful trees poisonous fruit the Pong Pong tree in Singapore has been fazed out of road side planting.
I’ll re-pot my trees in the coming months before deciding where I’ll anchor them to mother earth to grow in all their glory.
If you want to grow your own Pong Pong tree, seeds can now be purchased directly from our store. Alternatively next time your out and about keep an eye out for them, but be good and don’t murder anyone! Happy planting.
… and eight months later the pong pong trees are still in containers but are looking healthy and stand around 3ft high. When the rainy season starts we will plant them out into our land.
Both are planted out in our garden strategically placed to shade the house as they grow and mature.
As of this week they have started to bud and flower as can be seen from the photos below.