The flowers of the fruit are light green and purple streak in color and have five petals which are fused in funnel shape. They grow from the main trunk and limbs. The fruits grow in different original shapes. It is said that horses can break open the hard shell with their mouth, eat the pulpy fruit inside and disperse the seeds in their dung.
The tree may flower and fruit during any season of the year. The tree has salt tolerance and can be cultivated in well drained soils. It should be planted in frost free locations since it has no tolerance for even light frost.
The shell of the fruit is surrounded by a whitish pulp and dark brown seeds. The fruit turns into brown color when it is dried. At this stage the inner pulp can be hollowed to make the utensils. The calabash pods are used as bird feeders or nest boxes as well.