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Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia involucrata) 3G

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๐ŸŒฟ Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia involucrata) - The Ultimate Cherry for Warmer Climates! ๐Ÿ’

๐ŸŒฑ Intro Experience the authentic taste of cherries with our favorite pick for warmer climates: the Cherry of the Rio Grande! Its flavor is the closest to a traditional northern cherry you can find. And beyond its scrumptious cherries, this tree also shines as an ornamental star, thanks to its captivating leaf pattern and overall shape.


๐Ÿ“ Size & Shipping

  • Container Volume: Shipped in a 3-gallon pot.
  • Average Mature Height: 10-20 ft.

๐ŸŒž Plant Requirements

  • Light: Full sun.
  • Soil: Adaptable to multiple soils; performs best in slightly acidic conditions.
  • Hardiness Zones: 8-11.

๐Ÿ’ Flavor Profile

  • Taste: A sublime balance of sweetness akin to traditional northern cherries.
  • Texture: Juicy with a tender bite.
  • Description: Radiant reddish-purple berries, enveloping a lush, fleshy core.

Cherry Delights - More Than Just A Fruit!

๐Ÿฐ Culinary Uses & Applications

  • Direct Consumption: Relish the cherries fresh from the tree.
  • Preservation: Perfect for freezing to enjoy throughout the year.
  • Jellies & Jams: Create mouthwatering spreads that capture its distinctive taste.

Beyond the Fruit - An Ornamental Gem

๐ŸŒฒ Ornamental & Landscaping Uses

  • Leaf Pattern: The dark green foliage presents an intricate and engaging design.
  • Shape: Its unique shape makes it one of our top recommendations for ornamental planting.
  • Description: Dazzling white petaled flowers in spring add to its visual charm.
  • Positioning: Ideal as a centerpiece or alongside boundaries for beauty and privacy.

๐ŸŒก๏ธ Indoor Care

While it thrives outdoors, with proper careโ€”ample sunlight and aerated soilโ€”it can be cultivated indoors. Position it near a south-facing window and prune regularly for best results.

๐ŸŒณ Best Practices for Plant Care

  • Planting: Opt for a sunny spot with breathable soil.
  • Watering: Ensure consistent moisture without saturating the soil.
  • Boosting Fruit Set: Natural fruiting is prolific, but balanced fertilization can further enhance the harvest.

Is This Plant For You?

๐ŸŒฟ Ideal For:

  • Those seeking the best cherry flavor in warmer climates.
  • Gardeners aiming for both fruiting and ornamental benefits.
  • Residents of hardiness zones 8-11.

โŒ Not Ideal For:

  • Those residing in climates colder than zones 8-11.
  • Those looking for fast-growing trees.

The Legendary Story Behind Cherry of the Rio Grande

๐Ÿ“œ History & Origins

Nestled in the vast expanse of Brazil, the Cherry of the Rio Grande has origins that date back centuries. The fruit is so named because it was predominantly found flourishing along the banks of the Rio Grande river in Brazil. For indigenous communities living in the region, this cherry was not just a fruit but a symbol of life, sustenance, and celebration.

Tales of the Past: One local legend speaks of a village that faced severe drought. The villagers prayed to their deities for respite. Miraculously, a stranger passing through gave them seeds, instructing them to plant and nurture them. Those seeds sprouted into the Cherry of the Rio Grande trees. Soon after, rains blessed the village, and the cherries ripened. The village was saved from famine, and the cherry became a symbol of hope and rebirth.

Cultural Significance: In various Brazilian festivities, especially those heralding the arrival of spring or celebrating harvest, the Cherry of the Rio Grande holds a special place. It's often associated with love and prosperity, leading many to believe that planting one in your garden invites good fortune.

International Recognition: The cherry's journey from a local Brazilian treasure to an international sensation began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Travelers, botanists, and cultivators became captivated by its rich taste and ornamental beauty. Soon, its seeds traveled across borders, and today, gardens worldwide boast of this Brazilian beauty.

Interweaving such historical tales and cultural significance makes the Cherry of the Rio Grande not just a plant but a legacy bearer. Owning one is like having a piece of Brazilian history and folklore in your backyard.

Note: While these stories capture the essence and rich history of the Cherry of the Rio Grande, it's essential to understand that like all folklore, some details might be products of cultural embellishments. Still, they add a depth of appreciation for the tree and its fruits.

๐Ÿ’ก GreenDreams Promise: As your trusted organic nursery, GreenDreams is committed to offering the bestโ€”from unique subtropical species to favored fruit trees. Let us help you realize your garden dreams, with our top-quality selection and seamless shipping across the continental US.

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1. Shipping Stress: Transportation can be stressful for plants, particularly when they spend several days in a confined, dark environment. It’s common for plants to experience leaf drop during this period. Rest assured, most plants typically recover quickly and thrive with minimal aftercare. However, some may need extra attention, love, and care, requiring appropriate watering and exposure to gentle light post-unboxing.

2. Potential Physical Damage: Despite our dedicated efforts to ensure that your plants are securely packaged, they may incur damage during shipping and handling by UPS. Rest assured, our shipping team is committed to packing your selections with utmost care and precision to minimize any potential harm.

  • For significant box damage, please reach out to UPS within 30 days to initiate a claim.

  • For minor damages, such as a broken branch or stem, we advise allowing the plant time to recover and regenerate with proper care and attention.

3. Long-Distance Shipping Considerations: Orders shipped over long distances, particularly to the western US, may take 3 - 5 business days to arrive due to various factors, including agricultural inspections in Arizona, California, and Texas. Such extended transit times can be particularly challenging for tender, young plants, affecting their quality due to prolonged confinement.

  • We take additional measures during packaging to facilitate a swift recovery of the plants upon unboxing.

  • Initial extra care and attention might be required over the first few weeks post-transport.

For further guidance, kindly review our detailed policies on returns and refunds, as well as our comprehensive plant care guide. We appreciate your understanding and patience in nurturing your new plants.


๐ŸŒฟ Important Shipping Information

Please take a moment to review our shipping protocols designed to ensure your plants arrive in optimal condition.

  • Countdown Clock: At the top of our online store, you'll notice a countdown clock. This tool helps communicate our weekly shipping schedule, providing clarity on when you can expect your orders to be dispatched.

  • Shipping Schedule: Our nursery, located in the heart of Central Florida, ships orders once weekly, every Monday. This is a strategic decision to prevent packages from being stationary over the weekends, ensuring that our plants travel as swiftly as possible across the country, even reaching as far as California.

  • Shipping Method: At present, we offer ground shipping rates to meet various needs while maintaining the well-being of our plants during transit.

  • Our Dedicated Team: We are a boutique nursery with a passionate team. Our members wear many hats, contributing to shipping, nursery operations, and engaging in valuable local projects. As we blossom and expand, rest assured that enhancing and streamlining our processes remains a priority to serve you better




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1. Understanding of Shipping Stress

By purchasing live plants from our store, the customer acknowledges that transportation can be stressful for plants. It is common for plants to undergo leaf drop or experience other temporary issues during shipping. However, it is understood that most plants recover quickly with adequate care and attention post-shipping.

2. Awareness of Potential Physical Damage

Customers acknowledge that despite our best efforts in packaging, there may be occurrences of damage during shipping and handling. For substantial damages to the package, customers agree to contact UPS within 30 days to initiate a claim.

3. Acknowledgement of Long-Distance Shipping Considerations

Customers recognize that shipments, especially those directed to the western US, may be subjected to longer shipping durations of 3-5 business days. Customers agree to provide necessary care to the plants, recognizing that the quality of the plants may be affected due to prolonged shipping times.

4. Agreement with Shipping Information and Schedule

Customers, by making a purchase, have reviewed and agreed upon our shipping protocols and schedules. They acknowledge the presence of a countdown clock on the website and our once-weekly shipping policy every Monday, recognizing the rationale behind avoiding weekend layovers for the plants.

5.Extreme Weather Conditions

Customers acknowledge that our store is not responsible for damage or loss of live plants due to extreme weather conditions during transit and delivery. This includes exposure to cold or freezing temperatures during the winter months and extreme heat during the summer. We provide tracking information when orders are processed every Monday to ensure customers are aware of the delivery schedule. It is the customer's responsibility to prevent packages from being left outside in conditions that may cause damage. Our store does not accept responsibility for any adverse effects caused by weather conditions beyond our control.

6. No Refund Policy

Customers agree that refunds are only processed under exceptional circumstances. Our store will not be held responsible for poor plant choices relative to location suitability, extreme conditions during and/or post-shipment, and improper post-purchase plant care.

7. Responsibility of Care

Upon purchase, customers agree to assume full responsibility for the ongoing care of the plants. This includes, but is not limited to, appropriate watering, exposure to suitable light, and adherence to specific care instructions pertinent to each plant type.

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These terms and conditions aim to ensure clarity, mutual understanding, and agreement between the seller and the customer to facilitate a smooth transaction and foster a positive customer experience.

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