How to grow Jamaican cherry

Jamaican cherry growing tree of the genus Muntingia also known as Panama berry or Muntingia calabura, Jamaican cherry perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental plant, grow in tropic, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Flower color white with yellow stamens the flowers have bad smell.

Jamaican cherry fruits

Fruit are red and small the inner color is orange-pink.

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Requirements for Jamaican cherry growing and care:

More than 0C, can survive slightly frost

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn ( and in the tropic can be also in winter)

Pests and diseases:
Aphids (not fatal)

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter (after the fruit)

How to prune:
Recommend to prune it

Size of the plant?
4-12 m, 12-38 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring (can be all year)

General information about the flower
Short life white flowers with yellow stamens

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Summer, in tropic climate can be two times an year

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, fruit fly

What can be done with big quantities of Jamaican cherry fruits?
Eat raw, Jams, juice, ice cream

Work requirements on the fruit:
Better to pick it from the tree but possible to put net under and tree and pick, (the fruit that fall from the tree less for eaten raw)

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-3 years

Scientific name:

Muntingia calabura

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone