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PANAMA BERRY Muntingia calabura

Panama Berry

A highly ornamental tree that bears small red berries within its first year. Blossoming and producing all year round, the flowers are white and followed by small red fruit that is sweet with the taste of caramel. The trees are exceptionally attractive with long spreading branches that often droop down to the ground and soft weeping foliage.  Trees are very fast growing and drought hardy once established.  They can grow 5-10m in ideal conditions but respond well to being cut back so it is possible to keep them smaller than this making it easier to browse on the tempting little fruits.   Panama berries will happily grow  and fruit in large containers provided they have a good quality mix and a healthy layer of organic mulch to hold the moisture in. It is the ideal backyard tree if you have children as it is a lovely little shade tree as well as producing tempting little sweet treats.  Used fresh or in jams.

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Grown From Climate Height Frost tol. Pollination req'd Evergreen/Deciduous Harvest period
Cutting Subtropical - Tropical 4-10 Very Sensitive No Evergreen most of year
 

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Panama Berry

This fruit tastes the same as Milk Arrowroot biscuits. | R O L F - Bankstown 2200, NSW 05-Jan-2006

Panama Berry

This is a lolly tree, I think the fruits taste like vanilla ice cream. None of my fruit ever make it inside, they are all eaten in the shade of the tree. | Kathryn Kermode - Cawongla, NSW 12-May-2006

Panama Berry

Tghis beautiful tree will even successfully grow and fruit in the harsh climate of Western Queensland!!! | Robyn Wing - Mareeba, QLD 31-May-2006

Panama Berry

My philippine culture tells me that eating the fruit is good for diebetes cure | Jocelyn Layacan Oldfield - Cairns, QLD 23-Oct-2006

Panama Berry

If your looking for a fast growing, attractive shade tree that you can snack from... then dont look no further than the panama berry. | Richard Walter - Wollongong, NSW 23-Nov-2006

Panama Berry

Muntingia calabura is recognised by the Queensland Herbarium as a weed, there are 4 collections from the Wet Tropics and one collection from the Mackay region. If it is 'the fastest growing tree in the world' then I would be cautious about planting it. | Kris Kupsch - Malanda, QLD 18-Jan-2008

Panama Berry

We know this tree as a Capulin. We think it's like eating sugar cubes. Dies at temps below -2C. Short lived around 10yrs. | Edward Jenkins - Mount Morgan, QLD 24-Sep-2008

Panama Berry

This berries are called cherry (malay spelling - ceri) in Malaysia Children obsessed with this fruit. Always pluck / picking falling fruits from the ground. They'll eat it | Jenkins Peterson - Selangor, MAL 18-Oct-2008

Panama Berry

The panama berry is not listed on the DPI's list of weeds. Also a search of the DPI site and the EPA site (which runs queensland herbarium) shows up nothing. Panama Berry was absent from a government list of hundreds of "potential" weeds. | Rosa Long - Cairns, QLD 05-Jan-2009

Panama Berry

Is it able to grow in melbourne? i'm just worried it's low frost tolerant | Tara Emmerson - Vermont South, VIC 15-Jan-2009

Panama Berry

The leaves from panama berry can also used for cough medicine! We just have to clean the leaves first, soaked it on water and boiled it. The excess water from the leaves is the one we drink three times a day to cure if we are coughing. | Nad - Jakarta, IND 14-Feb-2009

Panama Berry

Dear Rosa, if interested look me up, we can discuss this on email. I dont know of any naturalised specimens in the subtropics though. regards Kri | Kristopher Kupsch - Burringbar, NSW 26-May-2009

Panama Berry

The plant is very easy to propergate under a 400w grow light berrys taste like fairy floss | My Nursery - Maryborough, QLD 13-Oct-2009

Panama Berry

Mine died during winter. | Tiff - Noble Park, VIC 10-Nov-2009

Panama Berry

I have worked on Christmas Island where this species is a serious weed, colonises disturbed areas and restricts native species recruitment. I have also noticed an increase in the species growing in the wild about Cairns. | Andrew Small - Cairns, QLD 22-Mar-2010

Panama Berry

Doing Great in Florida, mine grew 30 feet in a year at the base of my biological water filter | Rod Baker - Indian Rocks Beachs, FL 14-Nov-2010

Panama Berry

We can see a lot of this cherrys in Cochin, in parks, house plots waste lands. Now this cherrys giving food for the birds in Cochin, because Cochi is being a concrete jungle. | Christopher - Ernakulam, KERAL 01-Mar-2011

Panama Berry

Lovely lolly tree, fruits are very sweet and the kids love them, so does the dog :) | David O'bryan - Mansfield, QLD 06-Jul-2011

Panama Berry

Delicious.. commonly seen in philippines.. f@kinly delicious.. mmmmm | Jom Jass - Lagunah, MANSF 18-Jul-2011

Panama Berry

I think the fruit tastes like cotton candy! My dogs love to eat the tasty fruits as well. We all make a beeline to the two small trees I have every afternoon to look for ripe fruit. | Mary Collins - Homestead, FL 30-May-2013

Panama Berry

I do love to eat this berries every morning before I go to work.even my dog goes crazy eating this and he even knows how to pick one,,,love it ^^ | Elaine Ronquillo - Floridablanca,pampanga, CNDA 28-Jun-2013

Panama Berry

Mine died on a horrible death, during a sub-zero icy winter on West Coast Tasmania. | Ben - Queenstown, TAS. 11-Aug-2013

Panama Berry

The leaves on this tree is also sweet and I seriously doubt it wouls servive a day outside our orchard as the cattle would eat it to the ground. A pest problem in your garden? Sounds like bull excretment to me! Grow to have 12 inch girth in phillipines. | Russell Drinkwater - Eidsvold, QLD 28-Dec-2013

Panama Berry

I don't think this is weedy, as seeds do not readily germinate although the fruit are everywhere under the tree. This tree is a very good bee attractant and has a lovely scent. | Diana - Brisbane, QLD 05-Jan-2014
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Panama Berry (Seedling) 10/10

BJ's Edible Fruits
Update: 851 days 11hrs

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This is among my favourite trees. Fastest growing fruit tree I've ever seen, most prolific fruiting fruit tree I've ever seen, easiest care fruit tree. The fruit are lovely little fruits - tasting a bit like caramel corn or the popcorn jelly belly lollies. There would have to be around 1000 fruits on the tree at all times during the warm months...


Keep tree pruned by cutting off the top half every few months. you dont need much tree to get plenty of fruit!

Fruiting Months January, February, October, November, December

Planted: 2010

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 50% in Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never


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Panama Berry (Seedling) 10/10

JOHNB's Edible Fruits
Update: 1593 days 10hrs

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Update December 2009 Forget my comment (last August) about the Panama berry being a "light fruiter". This summer despite the drought it is loaded with hundreds and hundreds of delicious red berries.  This tree could solve the World food shortage!

The Panama Berry must be close to the fastest-growing tree  in the world! Planted out of the pot in May 2008 at about 800mm high.  Started flowering in June 2008 a month later had  set first  fruit. Now close to 5 metres (see photo). Has flowered and continued to set fruit since then even during our Brisbane winter season. Four incredibly delicious berries today 12 August 2009.

Drought  proof but a bit frost prone when small. Responds well after light pruning but my previous one died when I pruned too severely. (It was the light fruiter)

The flavour of the berries is what makes this tree so special. But they're only about the size of a large green pea and there are never many on the tree at one time, it is only a light producer. (I was so wrong about that ... see update above)

Do not plant  anywhere where you can't handle a large (4-5 m spread)  tree appearing rather suddenly and intending to stay that way.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Planted: 2008

Height 5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Thrive

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Grasshoppers  appear to be the only pests. 

Birds can be a problem stealing the fruit.


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Panama Berry (Cutting) 10/10

Correy's Edible Fruits
Update: 1709 days 15hrs

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Make sure you spit out the skin as it can be a bit bitter the seeds inside are very sweet. They do like a lot of water when they are fruiting I think. If you are growing them in a pot them make sure that you keep the water up to them.

During Winter they look prety sick but once spring comes around they green up.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, December

Planted: 2006

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 400 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Autumn and Spring

Pruned By: 30% in Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Farsideb says... [1712 days 19hrs ago]
Did you really gt 400 kilos of that little tree???
Correy says... [1709 days 15hrs ago]
Ahh thanks for picking that up... Meant to be 400 fruit per year.

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Panama Berry

Diana's Edible Fruits
Update: 811 days 8hrs

Comments: -

Planted in November. Second picture is April. Now 3 x 3 m. Absolutely covered in berries and flowers. The perfume and taste is lovely, and the flowers attract a lot of bees. No fruit fly or any other problems other than having to prune often to keep it in check. Fruits all year, but tails off in winter.

Planted: 2009

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 2 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Panama Berry (Cutting) 10/10

Kath's Edible Fruits
Update: 35 days 17hrs

Comments: -  My favourite browsing tree. Fast growing, beautiful wide canopy makes it a great shade treefor warm frost free spots.


Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, December

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 6 Years from purchase in pot

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Panama Berry (Seedling) 7/10

HappyEarth's Edible Fruits
Update: 1468 days 21hrs

Comments: - Fastest growing tree ever planted!  Tasty little fruits that the kids will love.

Fruiting Months February, March, April, May, June, July

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 60% in After Fruiting

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: None

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: None


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Panama Berry 5/10

Scottyg's Edible Fruits
Update: 1507 days 16hrs

Comments: -

Fruit does taste like arrowroot biscuits

Fruiting Months October, November, December

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control:

Lovely tree. Birds do love them.

Organic Status:Organic


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Panama Berry 10/10

David3's Edible Fruits
Update: 1385 days 9hrs

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fast growing and great looking love a big pot

Height 3.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

none so far


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Panama Berry (Seedling)

Jenny's Edible Fruits
Update: 567 days 19hrs

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By all reports very popular with the kids, trialling this in a pot, supposed to be very hardy, loving the sun and not the cold & not needing special care hopefully. Flowering now with a few small fruits on it which is nice!

Planted: 2012

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Panama Berry (Seedling) 9/10

Paulaf1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1297 days 12hrs

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I love this tree!!!!  It is so easy to look after, and the birds and insects seem to leave the fruit alone, as it seems to hang below the leaves, and is quite hard to see. It's a shame that the fruit are so small as they are so sweet and yummy.

Planted: 2008

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Partially Organic

Question:

horse manure, compost and mulch.


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Panama Berry

Chris4's Edible Fruits
Update: 1299 days 13hrs

Comments: -

just planted Dec 09

Pollination: No


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Panama Berry 9/10

Deb1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1565 days 17hrs

Comments: - Lolly tree is a great description. Very easy to grow and pretty.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, October, November, December

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: cow manure

Organic Status:Organic


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Panama Berry

Daniuel's Edible Fruits
Update: 1253 days 18hrs

Comments: -

Had a few flowers on it when it arrived, but quickly lost them, then its leaves, then died as weather got colder in Autumn and Winter. Replaced the plant with a new one in Spring. Not looking too happy either, but hoping it will pick up and survive in the warm weather..

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Dory's Edible Fruits
Update: 654 days 8hrs

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Fast growing good looking tree. Planted in Sep 2011 and it is nearly 2m tall, but still no fruit. I had one berry so far. Flowers are falling off for some reason. I hope it starts fruiting soon. I read about this tree and decided to grow it for the supposedly abudant fruit.

Fruiting Months February

Planted: 2011

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Grasshoppers are hand picked and fed to chickens.

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

Why are the flowers falling off?


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Panama Berry (Seedling) 10/10

Sean1's Edible Fruits
Update: 848 days 21hrs

Comments: -

Read about this at Happy Earth & has good reviews from Daleys customers. In a bonsai bag

Planted: 2011

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: seasol, dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Glennis1's Edible Fruits
Update: 136 days 17hrs

Comments: -

Height .4mts (20/11/2012)

Lots of green fruit and tons of flowers  oct 2013 . The pulp tastes like caramel with a skin after taste of fart .

Planted: 2012

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Panama Berry (Seedling) 9/10

Fruitful's Edible Fruits
Update: 465 days 23hrs

Comments: - Apparently this tree fruits for most of the year and after hearing the berries taste like caramel - well I bought 2! It is also a great shade tree with an umbrella style shape when mature. The leaves are soft and velvety and after planting it 3mths ago already it is fruiting. I also read that the Panama Berry is one of the fastest growing trees you can find. 

Planted: 2012

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 1 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter

Pest Control: No Pests!

Organic Status:Organic


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Panama Berry (Seedling) 2/10

Petes1's Edible Fruits
Update: 154 days 9hrs

Comments: - Seemed very susceptible to dry conditions - even in spring when it wasnt extremely hot. 


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Panama Berry (Seedling)

Jaz's Edible Fruits
Update: 84 days 16hrs

Comments: - It looks beautiful!  I have one fruit growing on the tree now, but the rest of the flowers keep falling off.


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Panama Berry

Delldgm's Edible Fruits
Update: 1711 days 8hrs

Comments: -

died during major heat wave whilst on holidays, was doing well until then


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Panama Berry

Dekka's Edible Fruits
Update: 1723 days 8hrs

Comments: -

Frost


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Panama Berry 9/10

Gilbert's Edible Fruits
Update: 1710 days 10hrs

Comments: -

Beautiful fruit - if the birds don't get it before me!!

Height 2 metres

Qty: 3

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Panama Berry

Ussher's Edible Fruits
Update: 951 days 12hrs

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No


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