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#1 edbrown_III

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:08 PM

I got this fruit tree from a friend a few years back but don't know the name

He identified it as Rio Grand cherry but it does look like the pictures

Much obliged for any information

Best regards

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#2 Pedro 65

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:34 PM

Ed, these are friuts of Eugenia brasiliensis, known commonly as Rio Grande cherry, Brazil cherry, Grumichama and no doubt has other common names, it is native to Brazil, can handle it very cold ( minus 3c with no dammage) In habitat it grows to a tree of 15 mtrs, in the home garden grown in full sun, this will be a bushy compact shrub of a few meters. Ed, ONE of those fruits has the same Vit C content as that of TEN Oranges. Happy Growing. Pete :)
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:44 PM

Do you know how long it takes for these to fruit? I have one that seems to be more of a small bush than a tree. Is tat how they normally grow ?
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#4 fastfeat

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:16 PM

Eugenia uniflora. Definitely more of a shrub than a tree, esp. that far north. Might not make it through colder winters without protection in Jax.
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#5 Jerry@TreeZoo

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:13 AM

Yes, it is uniflora. Suriname Cherry. Lots of vitamin C, and some taste better than others. Likes water to grow sweeter fruit.

Here is E brasiliensis, similar size fruit but much bigger leaves.Posted Image
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#6 Pedro 65

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:38 AM

Eugenia uniflora. Definitely more of a shrub than a tree, esp. that far north. Might not make it through colder winters without protection in Jax.

Yes after seeing Jerrys pics of the fruits its certainly not Brasiliensis and indeed Uniflora. Ed, you mentioned you got the tree a few years back and you are showing the fruits, is this fruit from your tree? I have seen these growing very well in Oz where winters are cold. The Vit C content is Very high in all Brazil cherry sp ( Eugenia Aggregata,E brasiliensis and of course E uniflora) Happy eating. Pete :)
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#7 edbrown_III

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:53 AM

Much obliged Pedro and Jerry,

I looked up Rio grande cherry and got photos like you posted. That is what was baffling me as the color was different and the you can see the lobes on the fruit.

I dont have it out but in a 15 gallon pot in a bright greenhouse. its probably 5 years old but I havent really tried to get it going until I got the big greenhouse buildt (last year)

I am curious how much cold can uniflora tolerate ?

Best regards


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#8 Alan_Tampa

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:02 AM

Suriname cherry can be very astrigent. Grumichama is much better.

Uniflora can take more cold than grumichama, is say 27 with meager damage.

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#9 Alan_Tampa

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:40 AM

Try pitomba. Better than Suriname cherry. Also, cherry of the Rio grande, the right one is roundish and red and very cherry like. I can't do two things at once on the phone so next post will have right name. Cherry of the Rio grande is rather cold hardy. Saw a big one in zephyrhills.
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#10 Alan_Tampa

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:44 AM

Eugenia aggregata, cherry of the Rio grande. Common names are so confusing. I don't have Suriname cherry, the pumplin looking one, I have pitomba and grumichama and one no one can figure out. January 2010 the only time I had any damage. About 25 f

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