Jaboticaba Tree

Jaboticaba Tree

$200.00 inc. GST

POT MEASUREMENTS: Approx. 16cm(Ø) x 20cm(H)

TREE HEIGHT: Approx. 110cm(H)

Pot color, size, and Tree Height may vary and change subject to availability

A popular fruit bearer in its native Brazil, Jaboticaba’s name is derived from the Tupi term “jabotim,” which means “like turtle fat” in reference to its fruit pulp.

  • In Brazil, the tree thrives from sea level to about 3,000 feet in altitude.
  • They are members of the myrtle family, Myrtaceae.
  • It is a slow-growing tree or shrub that reaches heights of between 10 and 45 feet.
  • They are frost intolerant and sensitive to salinity. Jaboticaba fruit trees are related to the Surinam Cherry, Java Plum, and Guava.
  • Like the guava, the thin outer bark of the tree flakes off, leaving lighter colored patches.
  • They are very interesting trees in that they bear fruit on old-growth trunks and branches, making the tree look much like it’s covered with purple cysts.
  • Jaboticaba trees are will take full sun or some shade and are small enough fit into many parts of the garden landscape.
  • Water should be supplied as needed to maintain good soil moisture and prevent wilting, but constant flooding is undesirable.
  • As the root system is somewhat shallow, irrigation is usually required when the upper inch or two of soil become dry.
  • It is best in rich deep soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
  • Although it is not well adapted to alkaline soils, it may be grown successfully by mulching and applying necessary nutrient sprays containing iron.
  • The tree is not tolerant of salty or poorly drained soil.
  • For young plants, half ratio fertilizer at monthly intervals will speed the plant’s very slow growth rate.
  • Any well-balanced fertilizer applied three times per year will keep the plant healthy.
  • Because of its shallow root system, it is suggested that a series of small holes be dug and filled with organic material around the plant’s base.
  • The organic material can contain a balanced fertilizer which will be released during irrigation.