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

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

Jamaican cherry fruits

Fruit are red and small 1-2cm, the inner color is orange-pink.

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How to grow Jamaican cherry tree – grow and care:

More than 0C, can survive slightly frost

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed – Explanation bellow / Cutting – it is possible to start with cutting but it’s harder to take care than to start buy seeds, requirements: moist soil, high humidity, peat soil, hormone for root growth

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible in a case that the fruits small and not enough juicy

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Invasive, aggressive

Planting season:
Spring to autumn possible but better in hardiness zone 10a spring to summer, hardiness zone 10b-11 spring to autumn, hardiness zone all year

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:
Yes care

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 to three times an year

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, fruit fly, bats

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

Jamaican cherry seeds

Sowing requirement:
Moist soil, humidity, if there is enough seeds just put them direct in the garden in sunny location keep the soil moist and it will grow

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry and dark location

Sowing season:
Spring – better in spring but possible also in the summer and in tropical climate possible all year

Planting spacing:
In different pots, or just to through a lot if seeds in hole and choose the better quality

Depth of Sowing:

Conditions for seeds germinate:
moist soil, high humidity, hot weather

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
1 week until 1 year and even more (5 years after sow still germinate in the garden)

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, moist soil, watering regular and better humidity

Scientific name:

Muntingia calabura

Alternative names: Calabur tree, Capulin cherry, Jamaica cherry, Panama berry, Jamfruit tree, Cotton candy fruit tree, Jamaican strawberry tree

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

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Harvest season

Ornamental parts

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