28 April 2012

Jaboticaba- plump purple grapes


The fresh fruits are delicious
 eaten like a Muscadine grape

Jaboticaba
eugenia caulifora
Myrciaria cauliflora
Jabuticaba
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.







spidery 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; these fruits are delicious and suitable to make jams, jellies and wine. The thin exfoliating bark creates a mottled appearance on the trunk and branches.



bears flowers and fruit on the trunk





trunk and branches covered
with clusters of small white blooms 






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












A bonsai Jaboticaba at the
Sanctuary Bonsai nursery
in East Hartford, CT





Jaboticaba has become a widely used subject for bonsai and penjing.







Seedling from 2011 seed











Re-pot only in warm weather








bears flowers and fruit on the trunk 



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.











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