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Eugenia uniflora, Eugenia michelii, Surinam Cherry, Pitanga, Brazilian Cherry

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 Eugenia uniflora, Eugenia michelii
Family: Myrtaceae
Surinam Cherry, Pitanga, Brazilian Cherry
Origin: South America
Can be used for bonsailarge shrub 5-10 ftsmall tree 10-20 ftfull sunsemi-shademoderate waterregular waterwhite/off-white flowersfragrantediblesubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeincuded in CD catalog

The Surinam cherry is the easiest to grow of all edible Eugenias and an excellent fresh fruit. The native range of this small tree or bush extends from Surinam through Uruguay. It is very popular in Southern landscaping for its red-colored new foliage against the dark green of older leaves along with its red to black, ribbed fruits. The plant blooms profusely at the end of the spring, and then, occasionally the rest of the year. Fruit develop and ripen in just 3 weeks from flowering. They are deeply 8-ribbed and usually about 1 inch in diameter, although plants bearing fruits nearly 2 inches in diameter have been reported. The juicy sweet-acid pulp encloses a fairly large seed.

The fruit can be excellent or only fair, depending on the variety. The deep red, almost black fruited varieties produce sweeter fruit without that tart aftertaste that is specific for Surinam Cherry. The fruit can be eaten fresh, used to make pies, jellies and jams. The pulp is a good source of calcium, and a fair source of phosphorus and iron. In Brazil, the juice is fermented into wine or vinegar.

Propagation is almost always by seed, however superior varieties can be grafted. Red type and black type forms usually come true to seed. Surinam Cherry is an excellent choice for a hedge with regular trimming, or as a pretty specimen tree; the plant will be happy growing in a pot as well. Cold hardy (to lower 20's for mature plants) and undemanding, it grows well under minimum care providing irrigation which is especially important for young plants; established plants are drought tolerant. If left untrimmed, the bush growing in the ground eventually may reach 15' tall and 15' wide. In small yards, the tree can be cut back hard if it becomes too large it will form a the bushy shape in no time. This tropical plant can successfully be grown in a pot indoors in the cooler zones. Indoors, misting of the plants is helpful in winter.


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var. Black Star


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Seedlings of rare black variety, come true to type. The sweetest variety, without aftertaste, the fruit is large 1-1.2 inch, dark red to almost black, very juicy. Reliable producer. Hard-to-find. The tree is upright, freely branching. Produces fruit on second year after planting. These plants are cold hardy and can take short periods of frost. Once established, the plant can withstand upper 20's without damage.
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Eugenia uniflora - Black Surinam Cherry, var. Black Star, 3 gal pot

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Very rare - Black Surinam Cherry, Black variety. Plants are either grafted
What is grafted plant

Q: What is a grafted plant?

Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.

Benefits of the graft:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
  • introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
  • easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful


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or from cuttings. The sweetest variety, without aftertaste, the fruit is large 1-1.2 inch, dark red to almost black, very juicy. Reliable producer. Hard-to-find. The tree is upright, freely branching. Produces fruit on second year after planting. These plants are cold hardy and can take short periods of frost. Once established, the plant can withstand upper 20's without damage.
This item is certified for shipping to California.
California certification

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Grown in 3 gal pot

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Eugenia uniflora - Black Surinam Cherry, var. Black Star, Large size

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Very rare - Black Surinam Cherry, grafted
What is grafted plant

Q: What is a grafted plant?

Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.

Benefits of the graft:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
  • introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
  • easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful


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variety. The sweetest variety, without aftertaste, the fruit is large 1-1.2 inch, dark red to almost black, very juicy. Reliable producer. Hard-to-find. The tree is upright, freely branching. Produces fruit on second year after planting. These plants are cold hardy and can take short periods of frost. Once established, the plant can withstand upper 20's without damage.
7 gal pot. Please read the following information before ordering this plant. This is large size plant grown in 7 gal pot. This plant is much more mature than our standard size plants in 3 gal. It has thicker trunk and more branches. See a picture showing relative size of plants grown in 3 gal and 7 gal.
This plant will be shipped separately from other items by UPS/FedEx Ground due to its large size. Extra soil removed. See here time in transit (business days, excluding Sat-Sun!).
If transit time to your state is more than 4 days, over-weekend delay may occur. We provide the best packaging but can not guarantee plant safety if weekend delay occurs. We strongly recommend contacting us in advance regarding alternative methods of shipping. To estimate shipping cost, select the plant in the shopping cart and calculate shipping.
This item will be shipped within 2 weeks.
This item is certified for shipping to California.
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Grown in 7 gal pot, grafted, 5-6 ft tall

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Eugenia uniflora - Surinam Cherry, Red fruit

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Surinam Cherry. Very popular bush or small tree with aromatic sweet-n-sour juicy fruit. Can be used as a hedge, has nice dense foliage. Reliable producer of very tasty, special fruit.

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Grown in 3 gal pot, very large bushy plant

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