Pong Pong TreeI discovered a vendor called Lookmai Decor at Asiatique Night Market on the Chao Phraya River selling Pong Pong tree (Cerbera odollam) seeds on a recent visit when my parents were over from England.

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 this interesting oversized seed. Happy planting.

Pong Pong Tree (Suicide Tree)Cerbera odollam - Pong Pong TreeClick Here to Buy Your Seeds

… 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.

Pong Pong Tree for SaleWe are now about a year into the life of our first two pong pong trees we grew from seed.

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.

A budding pong pong treepong pong flower

National Suicide Prevention LifelineIMPORTANT NOTICE – PLEASE READ

We have always endeavored to promote a positive and healthy lifestyle in everything we do. We are shocked and saddened to hear a customer tried to commit suicide with the seeds she purchased from our store.

Unfortunately, many household plants, flowers and seeds are poisonous when ingested and we have never advocated anything but growing plants for their aesthetics, to encourage pollinators to a garden or for a fresh supply of organic food.

However, due to recent circumstances brought to our attention, we are suspending the sale of all Pong Pong seeds until further notice.

Our thoughts are with her and her family.

Do You Feel Suicidal?

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call: 1-800-273-8255

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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22 Comments

  • Shelly April 22, 2016

    Hello!

    I was looking for these seeds everywhere to grow my own tree, but I can’t find them anywhere? Are you currently selling the seeds/plants or do you know where I can purchase them?

    • Perry Stevens
      Perry Stevens (Post author) April 29, 2016

      Hi Shelly, I may be able to help you with these seeds. I will email you a private message. Perry.

  • Ed May 10, 2016

    Hi,
    Perry I can get virtually any seed as well.
    But hence the issues with toxicity of the plant I’m having a rough time as well.
    If you would be generous enough to help me obtain these seeds as well I would appreciate it.
    Thanks.

    • Perry May 10, 2016

      Hi Ed,
      Many household plants and flowers can be toxic if ingested.
      Pong Pong seeds fall into this category and they should NOT be consumed.
      We promote healthy lifestyles, permaculture and travel etc. via our blog.

  • Tam May 25, 2016

    hi guys, you have a great website, very original, turly like it … i tried to contact you since i wanted to order a few things, like these sedds and some tea, but the contact page doesnt work .. can u help me?

    • Perry Stevens
      Perry Stevens (Post author) May 25, 2016

      Hi Tam, Thanks for bringing the broken contact form to our attention.
      I will get this fixed asap and notify you when we are working again.
      Thanks again; )

    • Perry Stevens
      Perry Stevens (Post author) May 25, 2016

      Our contact form is working again now; )

  • Ally May 25, 2016

    Hey, I would like to buy some seeds for my garden but I cant’t find a seller. Do you know where i can buy them online in India?

    • Perry Stevens
      Perry Stevens (Post author) May 25, 2016

      Hi Ally, We sell pong pong seeds from this site but I don’t know of a vendor online in India.
      Have you tried a Google search?

  • Tam May 25, 2016

    thank you sooo much for fixing it so promptly .. it works again 🙂
    wrote you
    thanks again for a great website

  • Pavan Mathuria November 6, 2016

    Hi Perry,
    Please send me the detail to buy some seeds for my garden.

  • Jason February 5, 2017

    How many seeds come with purchase

    • Perry Stevens
      Perry Stevens (Post author) February 5, 2017

      Pong Pong seeds are sold as a single unit.

      • Jason February 6, 2017

        What part of the seed is toxic? Can i be affected just by touching the seed?

        • Perry Stevens
          Perry Stevens (Post author) February 6, 2017

          The inner kurnel contain cerberin which is toxic. Much the same way as an apple seed contains Cyanide.
          Normal handling of the seeds is safe but do not ingest. These seeds are for growing beautiful pong pong trees from only.

  • Jason February 8, 2017

    I tried to purchase but paypal keeps saying something isnt working when i press the pay now button

    • Perry Stevens
      Perry Stevens (Post author) February 8, 2017

      Test the button our side and it is fine. Let us know if you still have any issues with it.

  • Meg June 7, 2017

    Can this plant grow in Japan? I remember my homestay mom used the shell for decoration. I would like to use them in my house.

    • Perry Stevens
      Perry Stevens (Post author) June 7, 2017

      I don’t see why you can’t grow a pong pong tree in Japan as long as you are not on a snow covered mountain.
      Many people do not plant the seeds and instead use them as decorations. They are a great conversation piece.

  • Shellie June 17, 2017

    I live in Arkansas and our temperatures range from 35 degrees in winter to 110 degrees in summer…Do you think I could grow these trees here? I LOVE LOVE the blooms…Looking for something different. Thanx

    • Perry Stevens
      Perry Stevens (Post author) June 17, 2017

      I’m no expert regarding such temperature swings but pong pong are quite hardy trees that grow fast here in the tropics. I think if you protect them when they are young from the extreme cold they will be OK. Be interested to hear of your progress.

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