Plinia cauliflora

Jaboticaba fruiting on stem

The jaboticabas habit of producing the fruit directly on the trunk makes this a striking tree. Fruit is similar to a grape with a sweet and aromatic flavour. The new growth is a coppery colour along with their beautiful honey scented flowers makes it a very ornamental tree. Bears heavy crops of quality fruit that can be eaten fresh from the tree. Often fruiting up to 3 times per year. Time from flowering to fruit being ready to eat is only 30 days. More Information: California Rare Fruit Growers Association.
Other Names: Brazilian Grape, small leaf jaboticaba

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Specifications of Jaboticaba

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 5-10m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas SA, WA

Suitability in Pots Yes with 35L+ Pot

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 5+ Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, October, November, December

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Jaboticaba Reviews & Tips

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Tom Brinckman
★★★★★ 4months ago

Boondall, QLD, Australia


Planted mine in an above ground garden filled with good manure from cows, horses and some well aged chook, it took two years to get it's feet and now it's taken off with new growth after new growth, hopefully fruits this year

Lyn Castle
★★★★★ 1y ago

West Haven, NSW, Australia


Jaboticaba seems to fruit after a feed of slow release fertaliser and a good water. My tree seems to fruit twice a year.

★★ 2y ago


Jaboticaba Planted on 06.09.219

★★★★ 2y ago


Very interesting plant, cant wait for it to grow and fruit.

★★★★ 2y ago


These have really been a labour of love, and sheer stuborness, for me.There are not so many fruiting Jaboticabas in WA and they really sulk if the conditions are not right for them. They seem to loathe any lime and/or salinity - becoming chlorotic and ...

Aaron Siemienow1
★★★★ 3y ago

GEROGERY, NSW, Australia

have 2 in a pot for 1 year in shelter, planted out this year to get establisghed. hope it surves its first southern NSW cold winter.

★★★ 3y ago

EASTWOOD, NSW, Australia

When it arrived from Daley's, ALL the leaves had burnt tips which was disappointing. We had had a heat wave so it was probably caused by this. I transferred it to a pot, blood and bone and 100% organic compost. Moved to my verandah. It received sunligh...

★★★★ 4y ago

TAMWORTH, NSW, Australia

Exotic, unique, different. It reminds me of a sun drenched far away place called Brazil where samba is the rule. Growing as an informal espalier at the moment making it even more unusual than the normal bushy multi-trunked jabo that I have seen at Dale...

★★★★ 5y ago


I have an old tree and so impressed by the taste of fruit and harvest. I am planting seedlings all over my yard and calling it 'my vineyard' since they take so long to grow. They taste similiar to grapes or lychees but far better, in fact they are my ...

★★★★★ 6y ago


I picked this one up for a mere $30 when it was already 2m high, it has been identified as a Grimal. It is now planted in my front yard, the location is exposed to wind and gets plenty of sun.Lost most leaves in winter, put them all back on in spring.F...

Lyn Castle
7y ago

West Haven, NSW, Australia


Absolutely my favourite fruit.Cannot wait for next crop. Need to fight the birds though. My tree is only second year fruiting but neighbour has one a few years older and I have never seen so much fruit on a tree in all my life.

Eduardo Brandão
7y ago

Rio De Janeiro, BRAZI


Remember, jaoticaba grows in nature at river margins, so it loves constant moisture!

Eduardo Brandão
7y ago

Rio De Janeiro, BRAZI


Dry leave tips? Stick enough cotton around the edge of the pot or around the soil on the boundaries of the root.

★★ 7y ago


Very slow growing in Melbourne

★★★★ 8y ago


I had a bit of trouble with this one when I first got it, the leaves where going brown at the tips. After a bit of reading, people seem to say that the plant needs a lower ph and to mix in a bit of peat moss and water with rain water, this should help....

★★★★ 9y ago


Daleys grown plant, bought from CERES at the beginning of 2012. Constantly growing beautiful new leaves. Despite reading that they are slow to grow, this one has been a steady grower and has only just paused for mid Winter. Looking forward to the day i...

★★★★ 9y ago

Mermaid Waters, QLD, Australia

Easy to grow and fruit are delicious.

★★★ 9y ago

Inala, QLD, Australia

Love the intense grape-like flavour, and a very pretty small tree, delicate foliage. Mine won't be fruiting for a while. The one on the south side of my house is doing slightly better than the one on south-west. In my previous yard, the tree is almost ...

★★★ 10y ago


Now identified as large-leaved Jaboticaba!Myrciaria spirito santensis var.grimalTried some at Tropical Fruit World (love that place!) and just had to buy a tree! I think I'll have to be patient though, apparently very slow growing and slow to fruit.hav...

★★ 10y ago

Lennox Head, NSW, Australia

Wonderful fruit on a good looking tree

★★★ 10y ago

Wallsend, NSW, Australia

I live in Newcastle. Planted in ground 2 years ago. Growing slowly, but very bushy and healthy. The new growth is pretty reddish leaves. Hasn't fruited yet, but this may take a couple more years. Only 1m tall at present. I water at least weekly during ...

★★★★★ 10y ago

Highgate Hill, QLD, Australia

I'm growing this as a hedge and am very happy.It tends to grow upwards and I have been pulling some of the branches to the side to get it to fill out.  Very happy with the resultI prune every three or so months to keep the hedge look. After 2 years i...

★★★ 10y ago

Brighton, QLD, Australia

Have not tasted the fruit yet. My tree is in the ground for nearly four years now and I hope it starts fruiting soon. Grows well.

★★★★ 10y ago

Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

Soo yummy!...

★★ 10y ago

Strathpine, Qld, Australia

Another delicious fruit which does so well in the Bribane region. Really looking forward to my first crop...still a few years away unfortunately.

★★★★ 10y ago


Good looking tree. Fruited first time after 6 years and the fruit is very tasty. The fruit is ripe when it turns black and soft when squeezed between fingers. Produces a good crop every year triggered by good rainfall.

★★★★ 10y ago

ËIDSVOLD, QLD, Australia

Small neat looking tree. Fruit makes nice eat and also good to eat. In a good season it will fruit 3-4 times in summer.

★★★★★ 11y ago

Beaudesert, Qld, Astralia

Jaboticaba is a terrific fruit tree for the home garden for many reasons.  It has an abundance of luscious fruit cannily hidden from scavenging birds as the fruit grows on the branches.  It is a particularly good "grazing" tree for children.  The fr...

★★ 11y ago

mount Crosby, QLD, Australia

It seems truely exotic to grow grapes on a trunk. I can't wait till it gets over its planting shock. I have clay, rocky atrocious soil and hope it makes it.!!!!!

★★★★ 11y ago

Sth Grafton, NSW, Australia

An attractive slow-growing pretty shrub, so far. The fruit grow on the branches  and because they are hidden birds don't bother them. From the appearance of the small white flowers to picking is about 9 weeks and I can expect fruiting at least three ...

★★★★★ 11y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

One of my favorite trees - hardy, aesthetic, compact, and delicous fruits.   The large leaf version tens to be less wind resistant than the small leaved version.

★★★★★ 11y ago

Coolbellup, WA, Australia

Relativly new plant, have pout it in a pot for now so when I move house it can come too.

★★★ 12y ago

Wakeley, NSW, Australia

This tree lost all it's leaves in winter but came back before I chop it.

★★ 12y ago

GORDON, NSW, Australia

Seems to be struggling in a sunny, hot position, thinking about moving them, leaves yellowing.  Have been foliar feeding.After some good rain they are looking much happier so I shall leave them where they are.

★★★★★ 12y ago

Coominya, QLD, Australia

Still in the pot.

Gmg Tropical Fruits
12y ago

Loxahatchee, FL


My fine leaf tree began bearing imediately after I installed a constant drip line that supplies water 24 hours a day with out allowing the soil to become saturated. I move the drip around so that the roots do not concentrate in one area.

★★★ 12y ago

Eagleby, QLD, Australia

Only new to my garden (sept 09) Growing well in the pot new shoots. Wil fertilize with the rest and prune if necessary.

★★★★ 12y ago

Kanwal, NSW, Australia

Just started fruiting in last year. Tree is about 7 years old. Several crops a year. Needs to be netted to stop birds4kgs fruit picked spring 09.

★★ 12y ago

Worongary, QLD, Australia

Dec 2012........Have had this tree for about 8/9 years now.........and I am just getting my first crop now.  We had quite a dry spell (few months), and as soon as the rain came, it was covered in flowers, and yesterday I picked about 20 fruit the size...

★★★ 12y ago


I think these are small leaf one's.They are very slow! They seem to be ok - have some burnt margins - my research indicates they don't like salinity. At present they just sit there putting out a little new growth constantly. They do seem to be happier ...

David O'bryan
13y ago

Mansfield, QLD, Australia


I have had 2 lots of fruit now on my small leafed plant, they are absolutely beautiful to eat, they are like an aromatic lychee and hits the top of my list for most desirable fruit. My Yellow Jaboticaba plants fruit is not worth eating, but lovely plant

Carlos Monzon
14y ago

Bakersfield, CALIF


Very cold tolerant. Took two nights of 23 deg. F. and is coming back strong from tip to trunk.

Richard Walter
15y ago

Wollongong, NSW, Australia


The large leaf variety is a much faster grower than the small leaf variety. Grown in pots with constant watering cropping will start within a few years

Michelle Gregory
15y ago

Samford, Brisbane, QLD, Australia


Makes the most wonderful Jaboticaba Jelly. Leaves can go very pale in hot weather - don't worry - all is well !!

David White
15y ago

Newcastle, NSW, Australia


Painfully slow growing. I had to wait 8 years before mine fruited but boy, once they get started! Fruit is like a leathery skinned, musky grape. Makes a great wine. Do not allow plant to dry out. Protect from insects and don't hold you breath.

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