PANAMA BERRY Muntingia calabura
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.
Plant Information or Specifications
Height when established
Is Pollination Required?
Leaf Growth Habit
Fruit Harvest Months in Australia
most of year
Question & Answer
Can it be grown in a pot From:
Yes definitely it can be kept small and contained in a pot and will still fruit quite well. I have had a lot of success doing this myself.
Customer Comments on Panama Berry
Extremely fast growing & fruits prolifically if well manured. Mine is 2.5 yrs old or so and I have been picking kg and kg of the berries in the last few weeks. My children don't like them (very sweet) so more for me to enjoy, I love them! | Saskia - Sydney, NSW 10-Feb-2016
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