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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-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

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

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var. Lolita
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var. Lolita
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var. Black Star
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var. Lolita
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var. Black Star
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var. Black Star
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var. Black Star
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Eugenia uniflora seedlings
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var. Lolita
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var. Black Star
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var. Black Star
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var. Black Star
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var. Lolita
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var. Black Star
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var. Lolita
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These are seedlings of the Black Surinam Cherry var Balck Star which we call Lolita. The seedlings come true to seed. Black fruited Surinam Cherry starts as red and turns black as it ripens.
It has exceptional flavor. The plant is vigorous and ready to fruit the same year. The fruit is very sweet, without aftertaste, large 1-1.2 inch, very juicy. Reliable producer. Hard-to-find. The tree is upright, freely branching.
These cherries are cold hardy and can take short periods of frost. Once established, the plant can withstand upper 20's without damage.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
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Mango-Food - Smart Release Fruit Tree Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
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Grown in 6"/1 gal pot

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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.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
SUNSHINE C-Cibus - Crop Nutrition Booster
Mango-Food - Smart Release Fruit Tree Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
California certification

Most of our plants are certified for shipping to California, however, certain plants are not certified. Please do not order not-certified plants to California addresses. These plants may be added to CA certification in the future; please contact us for more information.



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Grown in 10"/3 gal pot

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