JABOTICABA FRUIT TREES
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What is a jaboticaba tree? Little known outside of its native region of Brazil, jaboticaba fruit trees are members of the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. They are very interesting trees in that they bear fruit on old growth trunks and branches, making the tree look much like it’s covered with purple cysts.
A popular fruit bearer in its native Brazil, jaboticaba’s name is derived from the Tupi term “jabotim,” which means “like turtle fat” in reference to its fruit pulp. In Brazil the tree thrives from sea level to about 3,000 feet in altitude. Additional jaboticaba tree info tells us that the specimen is a slow growing tree or shrub that reaches heights of between 10 and 45 feet. They are frost intolerant and sensitive to salinity. Jabotica fruit trees are related to the Surinam Cherry, Java Plum, and Guava. Like the guava, the thin outer bark of the tree flakes off, leaving lighter colored patches.
The question is how to grow a jaboticaba tree. Although jaboticabas are not self-sterile, they do better when planted in groups. Propagation is usually from seed, although grafting, root cuttings and air layering are successful as well. The seeds take about 30 days to germinate at an average temp of 75 degrees F. (23 C). The tree can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 9b-11.
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