Carambola - Starfruit

This page has information for commercial carambola growers in the Northern Territory (NT).

Carambola is also known as all of the following: 

  • star fruit
  • five-corner fruit
  • bilimbing
  • Yang Tao. 

It produces fruit year round in the Top End, generally under a netting system to protect the fruit from birds.

Grower advice

Carambola prefer well drained soil and can be grown as trees or shaped along a trellis for ease of management and harvesting.

For information about growing, marketing and using carambol, read the following Agnotes and information sheets:

Pest and disease management

Several pests and diseases affect carambola - birds such as sulphur crested cockatoo, fruit fly, fruit piercing moths, Cercospora and Cephaleuros virescens leaf spot and Cladosporium sp. on flowers.

Insect pests

Visit the Northern Territory Insects Database to identify an insect pest and the damage it can cause.

Research results

Search the online publication library to find the results of research regarding carambola.

General information

For general horticulture advice and information, read general advice for fruit and vegetable growers.

Industry associations

For information about the tropical fruit industry visit the websites of Tropical Exotic Fruit Australia or NT Farmers.

Last updated: 13 October 2017