Ambarella is a fruit of South and South-East Asia. From there, it spread to other tropical parts of the world. It is a quite common tree in the home gardens in South East Asian countries.
The trees are drought-tolerant; under stress they may briefly lose their leaves. Ambarella grows on limestone soils as well as on acid sands, but the soil should be well drained. Ambarella is often propagated from seed, which starts to germinate within one month.
However, clonal propagation of superior trees is recommended. and not difficult:. This can be done by cuttings, air layering and even grafting.