Yellow Lilikoi

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(Passiflora edulis var. flavicarpa) This yellow passionfruit variant is larger and more tart than its common purple sister. Grown extensively in Hawaii, this tropical perennial vine is highly susceptible to frost damage. Yellow lilikoi tolerates shade but prefers sun. It also tolerates wind but will grow much more vigorously in a location protected from wind.

Grown from seed, fruit can be expected within 2-3 years given proper growing conditions. The vine tends to bloom after reaching at least 6 feet in length but can reach upwards of 20 feet given a tall enough tree, pole, or trellis to climb. 

Given adequate protection from frost, this plant is comfortably hardy to zone 9a. Uncovered from a single hard frost, it may resprout if frozen to the ground. In zones 10 and above, protection is typically unecessary except when unusually low temperatures threaten. The vine may successfully fruit as a container plant in temperate regions if proper techniques are followed and the plant is placed outside during the warm months.

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  • Days to maturity: 70 days