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Jaboticaba Tree, Red 4" (Plinia cauliflora)

SKU 01153
$20.00
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Red Jaboticaba Tree, Brazilian Grape Tree (Plinia cauliflora)- Live Plant

Ships in a 4" Pot

Jaboticaba is a slow growing tropical to subtropical evergreen tree or large shrub that bears edible, grape-like purple fruits with a sweet, juicy, gelatinous, white pulp. This red variety fruits between 3-4 years, and when it begins to fruit it can produce multiple crops a year if continuously irrigated in tropical regions. It is widely adaptable, doing great in containers large enough for the growing root system, so long as they are tended and irrigated. Its flowers are white and grow directly from its trunk in a califlorous habit, lending a distinctive appearance to the fruiting tree.

Fresh fruit may begin to ferment 3 to 4 days after harvest, so they are often used to make jams, tarts, strong wines, and liqueurs. Trees will tolerate minimums of 27 to 29°F (-2 to 3°C) for 2 or 3 hours if they are in good condition. However,young trees may be severely injured at those temperatures; therefore, it is important that it is protected below 30 degrees. We suggest keeping your tree in a container that can be relocated into a greenhouse or indoors during freezing weather conditions.

  • Average mature height: 30 feet
  • Light: Full to partial sun
  • Soil: moist, lightly acidic soils for best growth.
  • Hardiness zones: 10-11

You might say that this is Pete's Favorite Plant!

Our Favorite Uses: Right off the tree or used to make jellies and drinks (plain juice or wine)






Origin: Brazil

The fruit is purplish black, with a white pulp; it can be eaten raw or be used to make jellies and drinks (plain juice or wine). It is a very slow growing tree, which prefers moist, lightly acidic soils for best growth. It is widely adaptable, doing great in containers large enough for the growing root system, so long as they are tended and irrigated. Its flowers are white and grow directly from its trunk in a califlorous habit. Naturally the tree may flower and fruit only once or twice a year, but when continuously irrigated it flowers frequently, and fresh fruit can be available year round in tropical regions. The fruit is 3-4 cm in diameter with one to four large seeds, borne directly on the main trunks and branches of the plant, lending a distinctive appearance to the fruiting tree. It has a thick, purple, astringent skin that covers a sweet, white, or rosy pink gelatinous flesh. Harvesting is done when the fruit is soft like grape. Common in Brazilian markets, jaboticabas are largely eaten fresh; their popularity has been likened to that of grapes in the US. Fresh fruit may begin to ferment 3 to 4 days after harvest, so they are often used to make jams, tarts, strong wines, and liqueurs. Due to the extremely short shelf life, fresh jaboticaba fruit is very rare in markets outside of areas of cultivation. Traditionally, an astringent decoction of the sun-dried skins has been used as a treatment for hemoptysis, asthma, diarrhea, and gargled for chronic inflammation of the tonsils. Several potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory anti-cancer compounds have been isolated from the fruit. One that is unique to the fruit is jaboticaban.


Temperature Mature jaboticaba trees will tolerate minimums of 27 to 29°F (-2 to 3°C) for 2 or 3 hours if they are in good condition. However, young trees may be severely injured at those temperatures; therefore, it is important that it is protected below 30 degrees. We suggest keeping your tree in a container that can be relocated into a greenhouse or indoors during freezing weather conditions.
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