Tree friend Jaboticaba
Average life of the tree
Jaboticaba trees are slow growing tropical trees, that live at least 8 years under the right conditions.
Years until first fruit
Jaboticaba can take up to 8 years to fruit.
Season most productive
Jaboticaba’s fruit in the wetter seasons with the largest harvest being Spring. Tricked with longer watering sessions they can fruit up to 6 times a year and can yield up to 45 kg of fruit in a year.
Country of Origin / Average rainfall
Jaboticaba is thought to have originated in Brazil and can be found on creek and river banks. The average rainfall of Brazil is 1000- 1500 mm.
Latin Name and Family
Myrciaria cauliflora var. Sabara
Products, benefits, useful / interesting facts
Small grape like fruits grow on the trunk and branches. Fruit can be eaten straight off the tree, turned into jelly, jams or a drink and fermented into wine. The fruit is said to contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. The tree is very slow growing, it is good for both small and large gardens and can be pruned into a hedge.
Height, width and shape of tree at maturity
Jaboticaba trees grow to between 5 – 15 m high they have lots of branches slanting out and up creating a crown of up to 13m wide that is dome shaped.
Challenges, special requirements
Jaboticabas are a tropical plant and dislike long winters, this can be rectified by growing the tree in a pot and moving it inside during winter. They like moist, rich lightly acidic soil. The skin of the fruit contains high levels of tannin so it’s best to peel the fruit before eating.
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