30 March 2011

Brazilian Grape Tree-Jaboticaba

This year we have many Fruits and Flowers
Eugenia caulifora
Myrciaria cauliflora
Brazilian Grape Tree

The Jaboticaba, a native to southern Brazil, is a member of the Myrtle family. The new leaves are pinkish and change to green with a leathery texture.

clusters of small white blooms

The botanical name "Cauliflora" means that it bears flowers and fruit on the trunk and mature branches. The trunk and branches become covered with clusters of small white blooms. That eventually develop into dark berries. The thin exfoliating bark creates a mottled appearance on the trunk and branches.

The trunk and branches become covered
with clusters of small white blooms

Jaboticaba is frost sensitive and
needs some protection during winter months.

Re-pot only in warm weather


The fresh fruits are delicious, eaten like a Muscadine grape by squeezing the fruit between the thumb and forefinger, the skin splits and the pulp slips into the mouth. They are suitable to make jams, jellies and wine.

Tropical Fruit News March 1990 Vo. 24 No. 3. 35th Anniversary. Jaboticaba on Cover (24)Jaboticaba JellyBrussel's Jaboticaba Specimen Bonsai, Age: 25 Yrs; Height - 36-Inch, ST6022JMC-K

1 comment:

  1. I am from Brazil,
    Actually, the ``most correct´´ jaboticaba`s botanical name is Myrciaria Cauliflora, it involves all subspecies, and we have more than four subespecies: The Jabuticaba Sabará, The Jabuticaba Híbrida, The Jabuticaba Paulista etc.
    Its correct to say and write Jabutica and Jaboticaba, it doesnt matter :)
    The Sabará one is the best species for bonsai, because it leaves are smaller than the other jabuticaba trees.



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